MDHHS To Lift Remaining COVID Restrictions June 22

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The state’s COVID-19 order limiting the size of indoor gatherings at non-residential establishments to 50 percent of capacity and requiring the unvaccinated to wear a face mask when indoors will end June 22, nine days earlier than originally planned, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said today.

Once the order lifts, restaurants and bars will be able to operate at full capacity as will gyms, retailers, museums, libraries, and other indoor venues that been limited for more than a year.

The move comes as the state’s COVID-19 numbers have plummeted with the percentage of residents 16 and older having had the first dose of a vaccine at 60.6% percent as of Tuesday.

“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,” Gov. Whitmer said in a statement. “We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the medical experts and health professionals who stood on the front lines to keep us all safe. And we are incredibly thankful to all of the essential workers who kept our state moving. Thanks to the millions of Michiganders who rolled up their sleeves to get the safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine, we have been able to make these changes ahead of schedule. Our top priority going forward is utilizing the federal relief funding in a smart, sustainable way as we put Michigan back to work and jumpstart our economy. We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ensure that Michigan’s families, small businesses, and communities emerge from this pandemic stronger than ever before.”

DHHS also is lifting its orders with restrictions on entry into congregate care and juvenile justice facilities, for mandatory COVID testing for juvenile justice facility staff and DHHS hospitals staff, among other measures.


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