LANSING, Mich. (Great Lakes News) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer pushed for Michiganders to get vaccinated and tied the lifting of coronavirus mandates to the amount of people who receive the COVID-19 shot.

Whitmer announced her “MI Vacc to Normal” campaign in a press conference Thursday morning.

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Critics say Whitmer is strong-arming the state’s residents and that her new campaign goes too far.

“If you haven’t already, I encourage you to rise to the challenge and be a part of the solution so we can continue our economic recovery and have the summer we all crave,” Whitmer said.

Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist also spoke this morning. “We can end this virus on our terms by following the protocols we are putting forward, encouraging everyone in your life to do the same, and ensuring that everyone eligible to receive a vaccine gets one.”

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The ultimate goal is to fully vaccinate 70 percent of Michigan residents ages 16 years or older. The plan comes in four phases:

Phase 1 – 55% of Michiganders (4,453,304 residents), plus two weeks.

  • Allows in-person work for all sectors of business.

Phase 2 – 60% of Michiganders (4,858,150 residents), plus two weeks.

  • Increases indoor capacity at sports stadiums, conference centers, banquet halls, and funeral homes to 25%.
  • Increases capacity at exercise facilities and gyms to 50%.
  • Lifts the curfew on restaurants and bars.

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Phase 3 – 65% of Michiganders (5,262,996 residents), plus two weeks.

  • Lifts all indoor capacity limits, requiring only social distancing between parties.
  • Further relaxes limits on residential social gatherings.

Phase 4 – 70% of Michiganders (5,667,842 residents), plus two weeks.

  • Lifts the Gatherings and Face Masks Order such that the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) will no longer employ broad mitigation measures unless unanticipated circumstances arise, such as the spread of vaccine-resistant variants. 

Gov. Whitmer has faced increasing criticism both statewide and nationally after some say she’s bungled the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.