Gov. Whitmer lifts MI stay-at-home order

Paola Ditto
Giugno 2, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifted Michigan's almost 10-week coronavirus stay-at-home order Monday, letting restaurants reopen to dine-in customers next week and immediately easing limits on outdoor gatherings while keeping social-distancing rules intact.

Retailers can reopen to customers without an appointment on Thursday and restaurants can offer dine-in service on June 8, with capacity limits.

"The data has shown that we're ready to carefully move our state into this next phase", Whitmer told a press conference.

Whitmer, seen as a potential vice presidential running mate for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, had been criticized by business leaders and President Donald Trump, and faced protests over her orders.

Michigan, one of the states hit hardest by the outbreak, has had one of the stricter stay-at-home orders.

Trump won in MI in the 2016 election, the first Republican to do so since 1988. Groups of up to 100 can gather outside if they stay six feet apart, up from a threshold of 10 people. Many residents said Whitmer overstepped her authority by banning most travel between homes and by temporarily prohibiting sales of items such as garden supplies and activities such as some forms of fishing.

Michiganders must continue to wear facial coverings when in enclosed public spaces and take extra precautions to protect the community. Outdoor pools can reopen with restricted capacity.

Some businesses where close contact is necessary, including gyms, hair salons, indoor theaters and casinos, will remain closed for now. Housecleaning services and other in-home services can resume.

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