Mask restrictions are on the way out

Beginning Thursday, state health leaders will loosen rules on mask wearing outdoors.

On Thursday, the state will take its first steps toward eliminating mask restrictions in Michigan. New rules issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) will loosen mask requirements in certain situations.

  • Vaccinated people will no longer be required to wear masks when gathered indoors with others who are also vaccinated.
  • Masks will not be required at outdoor gatherings of fewer than 100 people.
  • Masks will not be required for non-contact sports, such as baseball and tennis.
  • Players on sports teams will not have to be tested for COVID-19 if they have been fully vaccinated.

The new rules largely follow guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They also come just days after the governor announced new reopening plans based on vaccination levels.

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“The commitment by Michiganders to receive the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is allowing us to move toward a return to normal,” said Elizabeth Hertel, the director of MDHHS, in a statement.

You can read more on Bridge Michigan.

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