Stahome Lifted

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifted Michigan's coronavirus stay-at-home order Monday, letting restaurants reopen to dine-in customers next week and immediately easing limits on gatherings while keeping social-distancing rules intact.

The governor moved six remaining regions comprising 93 percent of the state's population to phase 4 — "improving" — two weeks after she announced that two regions in northern Michigan could advance to that stage. Some businesses where close contact is necessary — gyms, hair salons, indoor theaters and casinos — will remain closed.

Retailers can reopen to customers without an appointment on Thursday and restaurants can offer dine-in service on June 8 — both with capacity limits. Day camps for children and pools can open June 8. Groups of up to 100 can gather outside with social distancing, up from a threshold of 10.

In-home services such as housecleaning can resume. Gyms and fitness centers can offer outdoor activities such as classes, practices, training sessions and games as long as participants, coaches and spectators stay 6 feet apart.

Whitmer said her goal is to shift the state to phase 5 — "containing" — before July 4.

"While Michiganders are no longer required to stay home, we must all continue to be smart and practice social distancing, and encourage those who meet the criteria to get tested for COVID-19," she said in a statement before a scheduled news conference.

(2) comments

edwards1

Thanks Governor. Now if you would only follow the rules you arbitrarily imposed on us.

T-Bird

Good call by the Governor. Should have been done for everywhere but the Detroit area at the end of May when it was set to expire. Let's get on the road to recovering Michigan's economy.

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