Gov. Whitmer lifts stay-home order

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifted her shelter-in-place order for the state of Michigan.

Whitmer announced in a press conference Monday plans to allow all Michigan restaurants and bars to reopen at 50% capacity on June 8. Retailers may resume operations with capacity limits on Thursday.

This does not mean Michigan is out of the woods, although the most recent executive order may represent a shift toward normalcy. Whitmer’s latest executive order will move the entire state to Stage 4, or the “improving” phase, of her MI Safe Start Plan.

“The measures put in place by these executive orders have been effective: the number of new confirmed cases each day continues to drop,” Whitmer said in the order. “Although the virus remains aggressive and persistent — on May 31, 2020, Michigan reported 57,397 confirmed cases and 5,491 deaths — the strain on our health care system has begun to relent, even as our testing capacity has increased.”

Other businesses and activities that involve close contact and shared surfaces, including gyms, hair salons, indoor theaters, tattoo parlors, casinos and similar establishments, will remain closed for the time being.

Other changes under the new order include:

  • Day camps for children and pools can open June 8.
  • Effective immediately, groups of up to 100 can gather outside with social distancing, up from a threshold of 10.
  • In-home services such as housecleaning can resume.
  • Gyms and fitness centers can offer outdoor-only activities such as classes and training sessions as long as participants, coaches and spectators stay 6 feet apart.

Michiganders still are strongly encouraged to follow CDC guidelines and continue to wear face coverings when in enclosed public spaces.

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