Gov. Whitmer rescinds safer at home order

LANSING — The state of Michigan is beginning to reopen.

Monday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-110, rescinding the state’s safer at home order in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and reopening several sectors of the economy.

The order will allow retailers to reopen Thursday, and restaurants to reopen Monday, June 8, both subject to capacity limits. Day camps for children will also be permitted to open on Monday. 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. In-home services, including housecleaning services, can also resume operations.

Subject to local regulation, gyms and fitness centers may conduct outdoor classes, practices, training sessions or games, provided that coaches, spectators, and participants maintain 6 feet of distance from one another during these activities. Outdoor pools can also reopen, with limited capacity.

‘We are seeing our number continue to improve, and that is a reason to be optimistic,” Whitmer said during a Monday press conference. “We are in a position where we can turn the dial a little bit more and reengage sectors of our economy and do it in a safe manner because of the sacrifice [Michiganders] have already made.”

While the new executive order allows many previously closed businesses to open, indoor gyms, salons, barbershops, indoor theaters and cinemas, tattoo shops, piercing services and other personal care services are still prohibited.

Under the order, residents must continue to adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s social distancing guidelines. Residents should also continue to wear facial coverings in enclosed spaces unless they are medically unable. People may temporarily remove a facial covering for identification purposes or when seated to eat or drink at a restaurant or bar.

“We still have a strict responsibility to make sure everyone is doing their part to lower the chance of a devastating second wave [of COVID-19],” Whitmer said. “Please keep doing your part. If you choose to go to a restaurant or an outdoor fitness class, be smart. … We are taking a big step forward. It’s on all of us to get this right.”