COVID restrictions could end sooner than expected

The governor has hinted that she might eliminate remaining COVID restrictions as soon as this weekend.

It was a brief comment, but one that caught people’s attention.

What Happened: On Wednesday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer attended an event in Grand Rapids at which she hinted COVID restrictions could be lifted very soon.

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“Thanks to this [vaccine] rollout and to all the Michiganders who’ve gotten their shot, we’re looking forward at the next rollback in the coming days,” she said. “It’s scheduled for July 1, but I think you should stay tuned.”

According to MLive, business leaders expect an announcement as soon as Thursday.

Why It Matters: Michigan rolled back many COVID restrictions at the beginning of June. Currently, there are no restrictions on outdoor gatherings, but restaurants are capped at 50% capacity and unvaccinated people have to wear masks in public.

The remaining COVID restrictions are set to end July 1, but Whitmer’s comment suggests that could come a lot sooner.

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