Gov. Whitmer lifts Michigan’s stay-at-home order
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifted Michigan’s coronavirus stay-at-home order Monday, letting restaurants reopen to dine-in customers next week and immediately easing limits on gatherings while keeping social-distancing rules intact.
The governor moved six remaining regions comprising 93% of the state’s population to phase 4 — “improving” — two weeks after she announced that two regions in northern Michigan could advance to that stage. Some businesses where close contact is necessary — gyms, hair salons, indoor theaters and casinos — will remain closed.
Retailers can reopen to customers without an appointment on Thursday and restaurants can offer dine-in service on June 8 — both with capacity limits. Day camps for children and pools can open June 8. Groups of up to 100 can gather outside with social distancing, up from a threshold of 10.
In-home services such as housecleaning can resume. Gyms and fitness centers can offer outdoor activities such as classes, practices, training sessions and games as long as participants, coaches and spectators stay 6 feet apart.
Whitmer said her goal is to shift the state to phase 5 — “containing” — before July 4.
In a press release, the governor said residents must continue to wear facial coverings when in enclosed public spaces and should "continue to take all reasonable precautions to protect themselves, their loved ones and the community." The governor said residents should continue to work from home "to the maximum extent possible."
“While Michiganders are no longer required to stay home, we must all continue to be smart and practice social distancing, and encourage those who meet the criteria to get tested for COVID-19,” she said in a statement before a scheduled news conference.
The governor held a press conference Monday afternoon, you can watch her full press conference here:
You can read the governor's restart plan attached to this article.
You can read the governor's full
lifting the stay-home order attached to this article.
At 3 p.m. Monday, the state's coronavirus website reported 57,532 total cases, 5,516 total deaths, 135 daily confirmed cases and 25 daily deaths.