Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Moving the Entire State of Michigan to Phase 4 of MI Safe Start Plan: Stay Safe at Home Order Rescinded

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-110, rescinding her Safer at Home order and moving the entire state to phase four of the MI Safe Start Plan. The governor’s order will allow retailers to reopen on June 4 and restaurants to reopen on June 8, both subject to capacity limits. Day camps for children will likewise be permitted to open on June 8. Effective immediately, groups of 100 or less will be allowed to gather outdoors with social distancing. Office work that is not capable of being performed remotely can resume. And in-home services, including housecleaning services, can resume operations.

Michiganders must continue to wear facial coverings when in enclosed public spaces and should continue to take all reasonable precautions to protect themselves, their loved ones, and the community. And they should continue to work from home to the maximum extent possible. Subject to local regulation, gyms and fitness centers may conduct outdoor classes, practices, training sessions, or games, provided that coaches, spectators, and participants maintain six feet of distance from one another during these activities. Outdoor pools can also reopen, with restricted capacity.

Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Moving the Entire State of Michigan to Phase 4 of MI Safe Start Plan

  • She has also rescinded the Safer at Home order.
  • Local leaders retain the ability to put restrictions in place if they think they need them.
  • But the data has shown that Michigan is ready to carefully move into the next phase, but we all owe it to the brave frontline heroes to get this right.
  • On behalf of health care workers, first responders, grocery store workers, child care workers, and everyone else who has been working to keep us safe from the beginning, every Michigander must continue to do their part.
  • The shift to phase 4 will occur in stages:
    • Effective immediately, groups of 100 or less can gather outdoors so long as they can maintain strict social distancing. Outdoor fitness classes are permitted so long as participants can remain six feet from one another.
    • Office work that isn’t capable of being performed at home can resume, though you still have to work from home if at all possible.
    • Drive-in movie theaters can start operating.
    • And housecleaning services and other in-home services can also resume.
  • On Thursday, retailers that have been closed can reopen with capacity limits.
  • And on this coming Monday, June 8:
    • Restaurants can reopen for indoor and outdoor seating, so long as tables can be kept six feet from one another.
    • And day camps can resume their activities, subject to further guidelines on how we can keep our kids safe.
  • Michiganders can find a full list of businesses that may reopen in the full executive order at michigan.gov/coronavirus.
  • This is GOOD NEWS.
  • But Michiganders still have a responsibility to do their part to lower the chance of a devastating second wave.
  • The governor will continue following the data – especially in the Grand Rapids region – but if the current trajectory continues, she anticipates in a few weeks that she will be able to announce the rest of the state moving into Phase 5.
  • Nobody wants to move backward.
  • But the governor may have to move us back if she sees a second spike coming.
  • So do your part to keep yourself and your family safe.
  • If you choose to go to a restaurant or take an outdoor fitness class, be smart.
  • Everyone has a responsibility here.

 

WHILE MICHIGANDERS ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED TO STAY HOME, EVERYONE MUST CONTINUE TO BE SMART AND PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING, AND ENCOURAGE THOSE WHO MEET THE CRITERIA TO GET TESTED FOR COVID-19

  • Last week, the governor signed an executive order that expands the types of medical personnel that can order a test to include nurses, physicians assistants, and pharmacists.
  • And creates a new category of community testing sites that offer testing to anyone with reason to be tested without an advance order, and without charging an out-of-pocket cost to any Michigander.
  • Dr. Khaldun also announced expanded criteria.
  • Michiganders eligible for testing include someone who:
    • Exhibits any symptom of COVID-19,
    • Has been exposed to a person diagnosed with COVID-19 or has symptoms.
    • Has been working outside their home for at least 10 days
    • Or resides or works in any congregate setting, such as a long-term care facility, prison or jail, homeless shelter, or migrant camp
  • If you go to a community testing location, medical personnel will be available to order testing upon arrival.
  • A person who wishes to be tested may call the Michigan coronavirus hotline at 1-888-535-6136 or visit www.michigan.gov/coronavirus test to find an appropriate testing location.
  • Getting tested is simple – If you fit the expanded criteria, find a test site near you, and get tested.

 

ON THURSDAY, THE GOVERNOR CALLED ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ENSURE FLEXIBILITY AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR STATES LIKE MICHIGAN TO RECOVER FROM THIS PANDEMIC

  • But Michigan also needs help from the federal government to encourage everyone who can to get tested.
  • Michiganders need the White House to create a plan outlining how the federal government will ensure adequate testing supplies so the governor and her team can gather the data they need to make informed decisions about re-engaging our economy.
  • And our state would benefit from a guarantee of free testing nationwide coupled with a robust federal messaging campaign to encourage Americans to get tested.
  • Most people don’t know they can get tested – or they’re afraid the process will be painful, invasive, or cost them too much money.
  • When the reality is that it’s quick, simple, and in many locations, free.

 

THE GOVERNOR IS TAKING A BIG STEP FORWARD TODAY. BUT THERE’S CRUCIAL INDIVIDUAL WORK TO DO TO AVOID A SECOND WAVE

  • Michiganders must stay smart. Stay safe. And if you fit the criteria, get tested. It’s on all of us to get this right.
  • Our state has come a long way together. And there’s no doubt that it has been hard.
  • Hard on our communities, our small business owners, our neighbors, and loved ones.
  • Those who have repeatedly, day after day, done their part have gotten us to this moment.
  • And so have the brave men and women on the front lines in our hospitals and grocery stores, taking care of our family members and loved ones.
  • The governor will continue working around the clock on these frontline heroes’ behalf.

 

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