Governor announces reopening plan

The lifting of COVID restrictions will be based on vaccination rates in the state.

There is light at the end of the tunnel.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday outlined “the MI Vacc to Normal Challenge” – a plan to loosen or remove COVID-19 restrictions based on vaccination rates in the state.

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“On our path to vaccinating 70% of Michiganders 16 and up, we can take steps to gradually get back to normal while keeping people safe,” she said in a press release. “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.”

Reopening Michigan will move in steps:

  • Two weeks after 55% of Michiganders 16 and up have received one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, the state will allow office workers to return to in-person work.
  • Two weeks after 60% of eligible Michiganders receive one dose, capacity limits will be increased. Sports stadiums, conference centers, banquet halls, and funeral homes will be allowed to operate at 25% capacity. Also, the 11pm curfew on bars and restaurants will be lifted.
  • Two weeks after 65% of eligible Michiganders receive one dose, all indoor capacity limits will be lifted, though social distancing will still be required. Also, limits on residential gatherings will be loosened.
  • Two weeks after we reach 70%, the state will get rid of the mask mandate and lift all restrictions on social gatherings.

Once 70% vaccination has been reached, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) will effectively be out of the COVID-19 mitigation business.

“MDHHS will no longer employ broad mitigation measures unless unanticipated circumstances arise, such as the spread of vaccine-resistant variants,” reads the press release.

You can read more on MLive.

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