MI set to reopen, stay-at-home order lifted

Michigan moves into Phase 4 of reopening plan

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Monday moved to further reopen the Midwest state's economy, largely rescinding a stay-at-home order in place since March and allowing retailers and restaurants to open back up over the next week. Day camps for children and pools can open June 8.

Monday's order also allows groups of 100 or fewer to gather outdoors as long as they continue to practice social distancing measures, including outdoor fitness classes.

In-home services, such as house cleanings are able to operate again too. Governor Whitmer says the plan is to move MI into phase 5 in the next two to three weeks.

People must continue to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces.

The state has moved into the fourth phase of its reopening plan, which is in place while COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths are in steady decline.

"We're taking a big step forward today", Whitmer said. "It's undeniable", said the Democratic governor, whose restrictions have been unsuccessfully challenged in court by Republican lawmakers and others. We don't want to repeat this in the fall.

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the state's chief medical executive, said the number of people sickened by the virus continues to rise at a slower rate, and hospitals have capacity. This is one of the most challenging periods in our nation's history, but as Americans, we must remember our enemy is racial injustice, not one another.

More businesses in the Wolverine State will be allowed to start reopening next week. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death. "Stay smart, stay safe, and let's all do our part".

"Not only is this gutting the salon industry, but we are also losing business to neighboring states every day. Instead of offering support or leadership to bring down the temperature at protests, President Trump told governors to "put it down" or we would be "overridden.' He said governors should 'dominate" protesters, 'or you'll look like a bunch of jerks.' The president repeatedly and viciously attacked governors, who are doing everything they can to keep the peace while fighting a once-in-a-generation global pandemic".

MI is moving to phase four of the reopening process.

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