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Michigan health department formalizes plan for ending COVID-19 restrictions

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Updated: May. 24, 2021 at 12:38 PM EDT
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WJRT) - The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services formally adopted a plan to end the state’s COVID-19 restrictions in two phases on June 1 and July 1.

A revised epidemic order announced Monday changes the previous MI Vacc to Normal plan to end most outdoor gathering restrictions on June 1 and end most indoor restrictions on July 1 regardless of Michigan’s COIVD-19 vaccine rate. Most broad restrictions for Michigan will end on July 1.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said the changes are part of a deal she worked out with Republicans, who control the Legislature.

The new order, which takes effect Monday, increases indoor capacity limits for weddings, funerals and other events to 50% beginning on June 1. Capacity limits for most outdoor gatherings are ending on that date.

The 11 p.m. curfew for bars and restaurants to close ends on June 1 while most indoor gathering restrictions will end on July 1. Employers and businesses still can impose their own COVID-19 rules after July 1, however.

Face masks already are not required for anyone at outdoor events with fewer than 100 people and people fully vaccinated for COVID-19 do not need a mask in most indoor settings. People who are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are required wear a mask during indoor gatherings until July 1, when most requirements in the Gatherings and Mask Order will end.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services continues recommending face coverings in crowded indoor settings, such as schools and public transportation.

“We continue to move toward normalcy as more and more Michiganders get vaccinated,” said Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Elizabeth Hertel. “The updated CDC guidelines demonstrate just how safe and effective the COVID-19 vaccine truly is and how well it is working.”

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