Gov. Whitmer Announces COVID-19 Mandates End June 22
Next week, Michigan is re-opening.
Michigan was scheduled to lift all restrictions on July 1st. Thursday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the schedule is moving up, now the state re-opens fully on June 22nd.
When the state lifted some restrictions on June 1st, Governor Whitmer wanted to see what would happen to the state’s COVID-19 cases count and death rate.
“Today is a day that we have all been looking forward to, as we can safely get back to normal day-to-day activities and put this pandemic behind us,” said Governor Whitmer.
Starting Tuesday, a majority of the COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted.
Masks will no longer be mandated for anybody, indoors and out, no matter their vaccination status.
Capacity limits will be lifted, all businesses and facilities can return to 100% capacity.
Gov. Whitmer stresses that this may seem like the end of the pandemic but COVID is still present and will continue to push vaccines to get Michigan to herd immunity.
“This is a great day, however, there is more work to be done,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at MDHHS.
“This is great news and a day all of us have been looking forward to for more than a year,” said Elizabeth Hertel, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services director. “We have said all along that the vaccine would help us return to a sense of normalcy and today we announce that day is here.”
Additionally, some orders will remain in effect to protect vulnerable populations in corrections, long-term care and agriculture. Public health measures will continue for reporting requirements and COVID testing to make sure areas where community spread is high are identified, kids are safe in school and free COVID-19 tests are available. Guidance for keeping children and staff safe in schools will be released next week.