As COVID-19 cases tumble statewide from nearly 9,000 per day at the spring peak to current levels between 1,200 and 1,500, restrictions are being lifted and the “Vacc to Normal” plan is no more. Michigan led the nation in new cases from late March through the month of April, but has since fallen out of the top 10, roughly in line with where it should be given the state’s population of more than 10 million. Governor Gretchen Whitmer spoke Thursday morning from Dow Diamond in Midland on the changes.
Indoor capacity limits bump to 50 percent. The modifications happen after the lucrative Memorial Day holiday weekend, seen as the unofficial start to summer. As of July 1st, all mitigation efforts expire except in very targeted circumstances.
This allows for the economy to become the priority. Whitmer acknowledged that the state’s employment level remains below pre-COVID numbers. The state has added 968,000 jobs since April 2020.