WATCH: Gov. Whitmer outlines steps toward relaxed COVID-19 restrictions

Posted at 5:46 AM, Apr 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-29 09:53:09-04

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gave an update on COVID-19 in Michigan on Thursday morning, outlining vaccination metrics the state will use to further relax pandemic restrictions.

She was joined by Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist, MDHHS Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun and MDHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel.

Watch it here:

The plan is called 'MI Vacc to Normal'.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will use four vaccination-based milestones to make decisions for future epidemic order actions.

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Two weeks after 55% of Michiganders have received at least their first dose, in-person work will again be allowed for all sectors of business.

Then, two weeks after 60% of Michiganders have gotten at least their first dose, the state will:

- increase indoor capacity at sports stadiums to 25%
- increase indoor capacity at conference centers, banquet halls and funeral homes to 25%
- increase capacity at exercise facilities and gyms to 50%
- lift the curfew on restaurants and bars

At 65% of Michiganders, plus two weeks, the state will:

- lift all indoor capacity limits, requiring only social distancing between parties
- further relax limits on residential social gatherings

At 70% of Michiganders, plus two weeks, the state will:

- lift the Gatherings and Face Masks Order such that MDHHS will no longer use broad mitigation measures unless unexpected circumstances arise, such as the spread of vaccine-resistant variants.

Check out the interactive map below to track vaccinations at the county level across the U.S.