Michigan lifts restrictions on overnight summer camps

Posted at 12:59 PM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 09:51:42-04

LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced today she is lifting restrictions on overnight summer camps starting on Monday.

The order will allow residential, travel and troop camps to resume next week.

It will require camps to follow guidance issued by the state department of licensing and regulatory affairs, which will be published in the coming days.

“As we’ve worked together to bend the curve and protect our families from COVID-19, our kids have lost time in the classroom and missed out on playdates, birthday parties and graduations," Whitmer said. "That’s why I’m glad they’ll have an opportunity to spend a week or weekend away at camp.

"This is another significant milestone for Michigan as we continue to slowly and safely reopen our economy, and I want to thank Michiganders for doing their part to flatten the curve.

"While this is good news, there’s still more work to do to protect Michigan families from the spread of this virus, avoid a second wave and protect the heroes on the front lines. We will get through this together.”

According to the governor's office, the order will also allow some K-12 school sports activities and other in-person extracurricular activities to resume.

Those activities are permitted only if they are consistent with rules requiring social distancing and the closure of indoor exercise facilities in most of the state.

Also Monday, barbershops, salons, nail salons and more will be able to open throughout the state.