Increased vax rates, lower case #'s brings early end to restrictions
With vaccination rates rising daily and COVID cases continuing to plummet Governor Gretvhen Whitmer announced the end to masking and gathering restrictions as of next Tuesday, June 22nd at one minute past midnight.
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Elizabeth Hertel issued the Rescission of Emergency Orders today (June 17th) giving the go ahead to increased volume at restaurants, entertainment venues and the many summertime activities and festivals we bipeninsularians love to partake in.
The order concluded “Considering the above, and upon the advice of scientific and medical experts, I have concluded that although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to constitute an epidemic in Michigan, certain protective measures and requirements can be lifted at this time.”
Some orders will remain in effect to protect vulnerable populations in corrections, long-term care and agriculture. Public health measures will continue for reporting requirements and COVID testing to make sure areas where community spread is high are identified, kids are safe in school and free COVID-19 tests are available. Guidance for keeping children and staff safe in schools will be released next week.
MDHHS will continue to provide recommendations to keep residents safe and reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in higher risk settings and places where vulnerable populations or populations with large numbers of individuals are not yet fully vaccinated.