The news that all Michiganders have been waiting for has finally arrived.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has announced that the state will fully reopen beginning Tuesday, June 22.
According to a Facebook post by Mid-Michigan Now reporter Dave Bondy, the reopening also signals that masks will not be required for all residents vaccinated or unvaccinated.
Beginning on the 22nd across the state, indoor and outdoor capacity requirements in establishment and other settings will be increased to 100%.
“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,” Governor Whitmer said in a press release. “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.”
Prior to the announcement, approximately five million Michigan residents have received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and rates based on hospitalizations, cases and deaths all have reduced within the past few weeks.