COVID-19

Michigan is open!

Fifteen months after they began, all COVID restrictions have come to an end. And they're unlikely to come back.

Tuesday is the big day in Michigan. It’s the day all COVID-19 restrictions come to an end.

The first COVID-related restrictions – issued by Governor Gretchen Whitmer on March 13, 2020 – put a halt on large public gatherings and closed schools. The state has been under some form of COVID restriction ever since.

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The end of pandemic orders means a lot of things:

  • All public facilities – including restaurants, bars, and gyms – can now operate at full capacity.
  • Nobody is required to wear masks in public regardless of vaccination status. The state is still recommending masks, especially in nursing homes and other congregate facilities.
  • Jails and juvenile homes are no longer required to test employees and residents for COVID-19 routinely.

The move to end restrictions comes after several weeks of declining infection numbers. As of Monday, the state is counting an average of just 146 new cases of COVID-19 per day. That’s down from April when new cases surpassed 7,000 per day.

Some experts have predicted that the state could see a surge of new infections again – perhaps in the fall. It’s unlikely state leaders would reimpose restrictions thanks to Michigan’s relatively high rate of vaccination.

You can read more on Bridge Michigan.

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