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Governor moving Northern Michigan to Phase 5, reopening personal services statewide

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: June 5, 2020


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced she is moving the Upper Pennisula and Traverse City area of Northern Michigan into Phase 5 of the reopening plan and allowing more businesses to open  statewide.

Effective June 10, Regions 6 and 8, in Northern Michigan will move to Phase 5 of the six-phase governor’s MI Safe Start Plan. In those areas, hair, massage and nail salons, movie theaters and gyms will open, with COVID-19 safety protocols and procedures in place to protect workers and customers. Facial coverings are required for customers and employees as well as social distance of six-feet between individuals.

Personal services, such as hair, massage and nail salons, will reopen statewide on June 15, however, Regions 1-5 and 7 will remain in Phase 4.

The northern regions, under Phase 5, will expand indoor and outdoor social gathering limits with restrictions, including maintaining six-feet social distance. Indoor social gatherings and organized events of up to 50 people are permissible. Outdoor social gatherings and organized events of no more than 250 people are permitted. Outdoor performance and sporting venues will be allowed to open with a capacity of up to 500 people.

Also, in the northern regions, certain indoor public entertainment venues such as: arcades, bowling alleys, cinemas, climbing facilities, convention centers, performance spaces, meeting halls, night clubs, sports arenas, theaters, or similar venues may be open up to 25% of their maximum capacity or 250 people, whichever is smaller. Social distance of six feet must be maintained at all times.

For more details, please click on Executive Orders 2020-114 and 2020-115 below.

Whitmer updated workplace safeguards for gyms, in-home services, hair salons, and entertainment venues. She also appointed Sean Egan, Deputy Director for Labor at the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, to serve as Director of COVID-19 Workplace Safety. Gov. Whitmer signed Executive Directive 2020-6 to appoint a Director of COVID-19 Workplace Safety. In May, Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-91 requiring businesses to adhere to strict safety guidelines to protect workers, patrons and their communities from infection.


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