‘This is an order, not a recommendation’: Michigan residents to stay home as COVID-19 spreads

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.  

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that businesses in Northern Michigan can re-open starting Friday, during her press conference on May 18.

Retail businesses, restaurants and office work that can not be done remotely are allowed to open. Groups will be required to stay six feet apart, and servers will have to wear face coverings. Businesses also have to limit their capacity to 50%.

The two regions allowed to open are 6 and 8, which are the Upper Peninsula and the Traverse City area. These regions can move up to Phase 4 in Whitmer’s “MI Safe Start Plan,” she said.

“This is a big step, but we must all remember to continue doing our part to protect ourselves and our families from the spread of COVID-19,” Whitmer said.

Whitmer said that those who do not live in these regions should still be cautious when traveling to these regions. 

"The whole state is watching to make sure we get this right," she said.

Whitmer said businesses should take advantage of the spring weather and use outside seating options. 

She also announced she will loosen restrictions in other regions later this week for the Memorial Day weekend.

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