MI governor largely rescinds lockdown, retailers to reopen

Ross Houston
June 3, 2020

Retail stores can re-open to customers, without an appointment, on June 4.

"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", Whitmer said in a statement, as The Associated Press reported. She has gradually reopened different segments of the state economy as the infection rate has flattened.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Monday moved to further reopen the Midwest state's economy, largely rescinding a stay-at-home order in place since March and allowing retailers and restaurants to open back up over the next week.

On Monday, June 1, the governor moved six remaining regions comprising 93% of the state's population to phase 4, the "improving" phase, of the MI Safe Start Plan.

Day camps can resume next Monday, and pools can reopen. Gyms, casinos, hair salons, barbershops, movie theatres and other businesses will remain closed. Housecleaning services and other in-home services can resume. She said state residents must continue to wear face masks when in enclosed public spaces.

Outdoor public gatherings, which had been limited to a maximum of 10 people, will now be allowed to have up to 100, as long as social distancing is practiced.

Whitmer added more restrictions can be lifted before July 4, if numbers continue to decline over the next 2-3 weeks, but she is anxious about some residents who have been crossing state lines to go to restaurants or to get their hair cut, as neighboring OH has seen an increase in cases.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.

Justin Winslow, president and CEO of the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association, credited restaurants in northern Michigan, which reopened May 22, for setting "a tremendous example for the rest of the state".

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