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Northern Michigan Moving to Phase 5 of Reopening Plan

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is lifting more restrictions in parts of the state, moving two regions to the fifth phase of her six-part coronavirus (COVID-19) reopening plan, starting next week. On June 5th, Whitmer announced the Upper Peninsula and Traverse City Region will move to the “Containing” phase of her plan, starting Wednesday (June 10). That means the northern part of the state will be just one phase away from the final phase, also known as “Post-pandemic.” Phase five will reopen salons, movie theaters and gyms, as long as they follow safety protocols designed to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Indoor social gatherings and organized events of up to 50 people will be allowed in those regions. Outdoor social gatherings and organized events are also allowed if people maintain six feet of distance from one another and the gathering consists of no more than 250 people. Outdoor performance and sporting venues will be open with a larger capacity limit of 500, which will allow for some outdoor graduation ceremonies.

On June 15, personal services including hair, massages and nails will reopen statewide. Though the remaining regions will remain in phase four, the governor said she expects the entire state will advance to phase five in the coming weeks.

“Today marks another milestone in the safe reopening of Michigan’s economy,” Whitmer said. “As we continue to slowly reopen different parts of our state, it’s critical that we listen to the experts and follow the medical science to avoid a second wave of infections. The good news is that we are headed in the right direction, and if the current trajectory continues, I anticipate we’ll be able to announce more sectors reopening in the coming weeks. We owe it to our front line workers to keep doing our part.”

Governor Whitmer's MI Safe Start plan to re-engage Michigan's economy has six phases. The governor has worked with leaders in health care, business, labor, and education to develop the plan. To view the governor's full MI Safe Start Plan click here. Meanwhile, a new online dashboard that visually tracks COVID-19 risks and trends in Michigan the MI Safe Start Map and dashboard was developed in collaboration with the state Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity and the University of Michigan. It can be found at https://mistartmap.info.

Businesses with in-person interaction have to implement rules to protect workers, such as training them on infection control practices and the proper use of personal protective equipment.  Workers must also be taught the steps to notify managers of any COVID-19 symptoms or unsafe working conditions.  

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.  

The above resources and more can be found on the Michigan Coronavirus website, under Employer and Employee resources