The End of the Masked Era in Michigan

The End of the Masked Era in Michigan

By: Shelby Smith

June 22, 2021

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that, as of June 22, all COVID-19 restrictions in the State of Michigan will be lifted due to falling cases as a result of vaccinations. Indoor and outdoor events will now be permitted to increase capacity to 100%, and face masks will no longer be required. 

In addition to those regulations being lifted, other orders issued concerning the virus will be rescinded as well. This includes orders to secure safe housing for those who are homeless or whose housing is unstable, while some others “will remain in effect to protect vulnerable populations in corrections, long-term care and agriculture,” according to the Governor’s announcement.

This update follows in the footsteps of much of the rest of the country now that over half of Michigan residents have been vaccinated. However, not all states are experiencing the same decline in cases, with some experiencing rises. 

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at MDHHS, warns Michiganders that the time to be cautious hasn’t yet ended. “We can’t let our guard down as there continue to be several variants of the COVID-19 virus circulating in our state, including the concerning Delta variant,” said Khaldun. 

Getting vaccinated remains the best way to protect yourself and others from the virus. More information on the state’s plan for school safety is expected next week. 

Shelby Smith has a BA in English and professional and public writing from MSU. She is currently pursuing a certificate to teach high school English so she can enthuse about rhetoric, grammar, and empathy to the next generation. When not writing for “The Current” she can be found embroidering pride flags and drinking a very large cup of tea.