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Michigan to lift all COVID-19 restrictions June 22

Posted at 1:34 PM, Jun 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-17 16:12:39-04

LANSING, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer is lifting all COVID-19 epidemic orders on gatherings and masking on June 22, allowing Michiganders to return to normal ahead of schedule.

Beginning June 22, capacity in both indoor and outdoor settings will increase to 100% and the state will no longer require residents to wear a face mask.

The governor had previously said the state would lift its broad mask and gatherings limits on July 1.

Thursday’s announcement bumps that timeline up by more than a week.

Starting June 22, all broad broad epidemic orders will be lifted. That means both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals will no longer need to wear a face-covering indoors and restaurants and bars can operate at full capacity.

Also starting on June 22, the state will lift additional orders, such as:

Though additional orders are also being lifted, epidemic orders in effect to protect vulnerable populations in corrections, long-term care and agriculture remain.

Whitmer also says public health measures will continue for reporting requirements and COVID testing to make sure areas where community spread is high are identified, kids are safe in school and free COVID-19 tests are available.

“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 Whitmer. “We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the medical experts and health professionals who stood on the front lines to keep us all safe. And we are incredibly thankful to all of the essential workers who kept our state moving. Thanks to the millions of Michiganders who rolled up their sleeves to get the safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine, we have been able to make these changes ahead of schedule. Our top priority going forward is utilizing the federal relief funding in a smart, sustainable way as we put Michigan back to work and jumpstart our economy. We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ensure that Michigan’s families, small businesses, and communities emerge from this pandemic stronger than ever before.”

The governor's office cited plummeting COVID-19 cases and increased vaccination rates as factors in the decision to lift restrictions earlier than planned.

Right now, the state is experiencing 24.3 cases per million and has recorded a 1.9% positivity rate over the last seven days.

The state will release guidance for keeping kids and staff safe in schools sometime next week.