LANSING, Mich. (Great Lakes News) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced on Thursday that she’s speeding up the state’s reopening plan.
As of June 1st, capacity limits will lift for outdoor events. Additionally, indoor capacity limits will increase to 50 percent, which allows for bigger indoor social gatherings like as weddings and funerals.
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Restaurants and bars continue in a holding pattern at 50 percent indoor dining capacity and an 11 p.m. curfew is still in place.
Masks are still required for unvaccinated Michiganders.
As of July 1, the state will no longer limit capacity at indoor or outdoor gatherings and the masks can be ditched. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) will release officially release the updated order on Monday.
Whitmer added a caveat to the July 1st reopening date, saying, “We will lift the broad mask and gatherings order and will no longer impose broad mitigation measures during the pandemic unless of course unanticipated circumstances arise.”
“We do not expect that to happen and we look at this as the last moment of these types of orders,” Whitmer added.
In a move that appeared contrary to the last 15 months of Whitmer’s lockdown and unilateral orders, she also said, “We should trust one another to make decisions that are best for us,” Whitmer said.
Whitmer has long been criticized for what some call extreme measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, even as other states lifted orders and mask mandates months ago. Rick Studley with the Michigan Chamber of Commerce called out Whitmer’s leadership earlier this week, saying that the governor must stop trying to “micromanage” the lives of Michiganders.