Whitmer: Michigan will lift all outdoor capacity limits, increase indoor capacity to 50% on June 1

Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday gave an update on COVID-19 in Michigan and announced that most of the state's COVID-19 mitigation measures will be lifted by July.

The governor said that fully vaccinated Michiganders no longer need to wear face masks when indoors or outdoors in most cases. Whitmer said the decision is based on recently updated guidance from the CDC.

Vaccinated people will still need to wear face coverings if required by a business or place of work when there. 

People who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 are still required to wear face masks when indoors, Whitmer said.

Whitmer said that the state went "back to the drawing board" when the CDC released its updated guidance and officials have amended the MI Vacc to Normal plan, which tied easing restrictions to the state's vaccination rate.

Whitmer announced that on June 1, all outdoor gathering capacity limits will be lifted.

Indoor gathering capacity limits will go to 50% on June 1 and will remain in place through the month of June, Whitmer said. This includes weddings, conferences, funerals, graduation parties and other indoor gatherings.

On July 1, the state's broad mask mandate and all indoor capacity restrictions will be lifted, according to Whitmer. 

An updated order from the MDHHS will be released on Monday.

Whitmer said that over the last several weeks, cases and hospitalizations in Michigan have declined.

The governor said that about 57% of Michigan's population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Whitmer gave the update during a press conference at Dow Diamond in Midland, Michigan. 

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