Whitmer lifts stay-at-home order, opening up many more businesses on June 8

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Posted at 12:09 PM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-01 14:24:49-04

(WXYZ) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is lifting the stay-at-home order and allowing bars and restaurants to resume service on June 8.

According to the Associated Press, day camps for children and swimming pools will be able to open on June 8 as well, and outdoor crowds of up to 100 people will be allowed immediately. The state will go into phase 4.

The announcement comes as Michigan's number of coronavirus deaths and cases continues to decrease. As of Sunday, there are 5,491 deaths and 57,397 total cases, but the state said there are only 13,800 active cases in the state. That's the lowest number since the beginning of April.

On top of that, 38,099 people have recovered from the virus.

Gyms, hair salons, tattoo parlors and casinos will remain closed, but outdoor fitness classes, athletic practices, training sessions or games can begin. Coaches, spectators, participants and those not in the same household will have to maintain social distancing.

Phase 4 of the MI Safe Start Plan is called "improving" and occurs "when the number of new cases and deaths has fallen for a period of time, but overall case levels are still high.

The plan is for the state to quickly identify, trace and contain new cases with testing and contact tracing.

Most businesses will be able to open under this phase in some capacity. That includes retail businesses, which were already open as of last week, manufacturing, construction, food and agriculture and more.

Offices will be able to open under the plan, but remote work is still required where feasible. Social distancing will be maintained when outdoors and in public, and face coverings are still required.

Just before Memorial Day, Whitmer moved two regions in the state to phase 4 and allowed restaurants in the Traverse City area and Upper Peninsula to open with 50% capacity.

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