Gov. Whitmer says easing Michigan restrictions will be tied to vaccination rate
LANSING, Mich.—Governor Gretchen Whitmer and state health officials on Thursday gave an update on COVID-19 in Michigan.
Whitmer announced a plan to base the easing of restrictions in the state on the vaccination rate.
The plan called “Mi Vacc to Normal” works towards the state’s goal of vaccinating 70% of Michiganders 16 and older.
Four vaccination-based milestones make up the plan. Once the percentage of Michiganders are vaccinated at each level, the easing of certain restrictions will follow 14 days later.
55% of Michiganders vaccinated, plus 14 days:
- Allows in-person work for all sectors of business
60% of Michiganders vaccinated, plus 14 days:
- Increases indoor capacity at sports stadiums to 25%.
- Increases indoor capacity at conference centers/banquet halls/funeral homes to 25%.
- Increases capacity at exercise facilities and gyms to 50%.
- Lifts the curfew on restaurants and bars.
65% of Michiganders vaccinated, plus 14 days:
- Lifts all indoor % capacity limits, requiring only social distancing between parties.
- Further relaxes limits on residential social gatherings.
70% of Michiganders vaccinated, plus 14 days:
- Lifts the Gatherings and Face Masks Order such that MDHHS will no longer employ broad mitigation measures unless unanticipated circumstances arise, such as the spread of vaccine-resistant variants
Whitmer said as of Thursday, 48.8% of Michiganders over the age of 16 are vaccinated.