Michigan to end COVID restrictions

All gathering and mask restrictions to expire next Tuesday.

On Tuesday, June 22 COVID restriction will be no more.

“Today is a day that we have all been looking forward to, as we can safely get back to normal day-to-day activities and put this pandemic behind us,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer in a statement announcing the move.

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It has been 15 months since the state first imposed restrictions meant to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep residents safe. Since then the state has counted more than 890,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 19,598 people have died.

In recent weeks, coronavirus cases have dropped significantly as the rate of vaccinations has risen. Even after the Memorial Day holiday weekend, new infections have continued falling.

That gave state officials the confidence to speed up plans to eliminate COVID restrictions. Previously, that was planned to happen July 1.

That means restaurants will be able to open to 100% capacity and residents will no longer be required to wear masks in public places – though individual businesses will still be able to keep their own mask requirements.

Many business leaders said it was a long time coming. The Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association estimates that 3,000 restaurants closed for good during the pandemic, throwing more than 200,000 out of work.

You can read more on Bridge Michigan.