Whitmer reopens more regions, economic sectors


Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| June 5, 2020

Governor Whitmer today signed orders to reopen more regions and economic sectors under her “MI Safe Start Plan.”

On June 10, Regions 6 and 8 — which include much of northern Michigan and all of the Upper Peninsula — will move to Phase 5 of the governor’s plan.

Phase 5 allows the reopening of salons, movie theaters, and gyms, subject to safety protocols and procedures designed to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

On June 15, personal services including hair, massages, and nails will reopen statewide.

Whitmer said she expects the entire state will advance to Phase 5 in the coming weeks.

The remaining regions, 1 through 5 and 7, will remain in phase 4 under today’s executive orders,

“Today marks another milestone in the safe reopening of Michigan’s economy,” Whitmer said. “As we continue to slowly reopen different parts of our state, it’s critical that we listen to the experts and follow the medical science to avoid a second wave of infections. The good news is that we are headed in the right direction, and if the current trajectory continues, I anticipate we’ll be able to announce more sectors reopening in the coming weeks. We owe it to our front line workers to keep doing our part.”

“We are still on an encouraging trajectory across the state, and while there are regional differences, we are seeing continued general rates of decline in cases and deaths,” said MDHHS Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “While we must continue to monitor the data, because of these positive trends we are able to move forward, on a regional basis, with the next phases of the MI Safe Start Plan. Although the risk levels are going down, it does not mean it has gone away. Please remain vigilant, wear your mask, practice social distancing, and remain patient as we continue to fight COVID-19 together.”

Under phase 5, indoor social gatherings and organized events of up to 50 people are permissible.

Outdoor social gatherings and organized events are also allowed if people maintain six feet of distance from one another and the gathering consists of no more than 250 people.

In addition, outdoor performance and sporting venues will be open with a larger capacity limit of 500, which will allow for some outdoor graduation ceremonies.

Governor Whitmer has issued an updated rule laying out new workplace safeguards for gyms, in-home services, hair salons, and entertainment venues.

“Following these safeguards will ensure that workers and patrons alike remain protected as the state moves to reopen,” Whitmer said.

To view Executive Orders 2020-114 and 2020-115, click the links below:


 

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