Governor Gretchen Whitmer is officially reopening Michigan.
Gov. Whitmer signed a new executive order today (June 1) rescinding her Safer at Home order and moving the full state to phase four of the MI Safe Start Plan.
The new order will allow retailers to reopen on Thursday (June 4) and restaurants to reopen next Monday (June 8), both subject to capacity limits. Day camps for children will be permitted to open on June 8.
In addition, groups of 100 or less will be allowed to gather outdoors with social distancing. Office work that is not capable of being performed remotely can resume. In-home services, including housecleaning services, can resume operations.
Michiganders should continue to work from home to the maximum extent possible and are still required to wear facial coverings when in enclosed public spaces, according to a statement from the governor’s office.
“The data has shown that we are ready to carefully move our state into the next phase of the MI Safe Start Plan, but we owe it to our brave frontline heroes to get this right,” Gov. Whitmer said in a statement. “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. If we all do our part, our goal is to announce a shift to phase five for the entire state prior to the fourth of July. Stay smart, stay safe, and let’s all do our part.”
The order also allows gyms and fitness centers to conduct outdoor classes, practices, training sessions or games, provided that coaches, spectators and participants maintain six feet of distance from one another during these activities. Outdoor pools may also reopen, with restricted capacity.
Read the full order here.