LANSING – Michigan has a plan to get out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
During a Thursday morning press briefing, Governor Gretchen Whitmer shared a plan called the “MI Vacc To Normal Challenge”, which is a four vaccine benchmark plan that will allow the State to reduce its current epidemic health orders. Step One of the plan says two weeks after 4.5 million Michiganders, or 55 percent of state residents receive their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, Michigan lift restrictions that employers mandate employees work remotely when feasible.
Step Two calls for after 4.9 million Michiganders or 60 percent of state residents get their first vaccination, the State will increases indoor capacity at sports stadiums, conference centers, banquet halls and funeral homes to 25 percent. Michigan will also increase capacity at exercise facilities and gyms to 50 percent, and lift the curfew on restaurants and bars. Step Three says two weeks after 5.2 million Michiganders or 65 percent of state residents receive their first vaccine dose, the State will lift all indoor capacity limits, requiring only social distancing between parties.
Step Four of the plan call for two weeks after 5.6 million Michiganders or 70 percent of state residents receive their first vaccine dose, then the State will lift the MDHHS gathering and face mask order and no longer issue mitigation measures unless unanticipated circumstances arise. Whitmer said the Michigan Department of Health and Human Service may delay implementation of the plan in a certain region if a seven-day average of new cases is greater than 250 per 1 million state residents daily.
To date, Michigan has administered 6,657,997 vaccines. Currently, 48.8 percent of Michiganders ages 16 and older have received at least one dose, with 35.9 percent of Michiganders ages 16 and older being fully vaccinated.
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