New Mask Policy Guidelines for ‘MI Vacc To Normal’ Starts Today

The State of Michigan is inching closer to getting back to normal with even more updates and loosening restrictions for fully vaccinated people, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced, WDIV reported.

During a COVID-19 briefing from Whitmer last Thursday, she announced an updated MI Vacc To Normal plan as the state is seeing cases drop and vaccinated Michigan residents increase.


Mask policy

Whitmer informed Michiganders that mask policy revisions (per new guidelines from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention) are taking place today.

“Last Thursday, the CDC released new guidance on masks, based on the strength of vaccines preventing infections and spread among vaccinated people,” Whitmer said, WDIV reported.

Now, as many already know, vaccinated people don’t have to wear masks or socially distance indoors or outdoors, save for someg medical spaces.

“We have adjusted our mask policy to match the CDC recommendation,” Whitmer said, WDIV reported. “So now, in Michigan, fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask outdoors or indoors unless required by their work or business.”

Tuesday, June 1

On June 1, every outdoor capacity limits will be removed.

“We will maintain our mask rule, as already announced, but otherwise lift all mitigation measures on outdoor gatherings, and only retain a 50% capacity limit on indoor establishments,” Whitmer said, per the article. “That means that an indoor social gathering like a wedding or a funeral or a conference or a graduation party will be allowed to resume at 50% capacity through the month of June.”


This month, people who are still not fully vaccinated must wear masks when they’re inside buildings, Whitmer added.

The 11 p.m. curfew on bars and restaurants is also no longer in effect today. MDHHS released the amended order Monday, according to Whitmer.

July Changes

On July 1, the state will officially reopen and the mask mandate and gathering restrictions will be removed, according to the report. However, companies and employers would still have the power to make masks mandatory.

“Unless, of course, unanticipated circumstances arise,” Whitmer said, adding that some specific safety orders might be in existence, in the article. “We do not expect that to happen. We look at this as the last moment of these types of orders. … But for the most part, life will be back to normal.”

As of now, the state just has two steps before it is back to normal, Whitmer said, WDIV reported.

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