Gov follows CDC and lifts mask requirement
LANSING, Mich- .If you’ve completed your vaccination regimen wearing a mask is no longer required. Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the changes Friday aligning the state with the latest CDC guidelines. The new MDHHS order will take effect on Saturday, May 15 at 9AM.
On Thursday, the CDC released updated guidance recommending “fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.”
Under the updated MDHHS Gatherings and Mask Order, residents who are outdoors will no longer need to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. While indoors, those fully vaccinated will no longer need to wear a mask, but residents who are not vaccinated, or have not completed their vaccinations, must continue to wear a mask or face covering to protect themselves and others. After July 1, the broad indoor mask mandate will expire.
“It’s critical that eligible Michigan residents who have not yet been vaccinated schedule their appointments as soon as they can,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and MDHHS chief deputy director for health. “Getting shots in arms is the best way to end the pandemic. If you have not yet been vaccinated, it is important to continue to mask up to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.”