By Jennifer Gomori, MAPE Editor

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifted the state’s stay-at-home order June 1 and moved the entire state into Phase 4 of the six-phase reopening plan, but while more businesses are opening she was quick to add social distancing and facial coverings are still required.

Now in the “Improving” phase, groups of 100 or less may gather outdoors with social distancing, effective immediately. Retailers may open to customers, no longer by appointment only, starting June 4 and restaurants are able to reopen for dining inside June 8, with capacity limits. Restaurants must also place tables 6-feet apart and have servers wear masks. Day camps may reopen, with restrictions, and outdoor public pools may reopen at 50 percent capacity on June 8. In-home services, like housecleaning, and office work that cannot be performed remotely may also resume.

Indoor gatherings are limited to no more than 10 people. Residents must wear facial coverings inside enclosed public spaces and should continue to work from home to the maximum extent possible. Social distancing among individuals not in the same household remains in place. Whitmer encouraged those at high risk of severe medical complications if they were to contract COVID-19 to continue to stay home.

Executive Order 110 prohibits the following businesses from reopening at this time: Indoor cinemas and performance venues, indoor exercise and recreation facilities, casinos, state-licensed racetracks and non-essential personal care services including: hair, nails, tanning, tattoos, piercing, and traditional spas.Indoor or outdoor amusement, recreation or entertainment services or facilities involving close contact for patrons remain closed including: amusement parks, arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, indoor climbing facilities, indoor dance areas, skating rinks and trampoline parks.

Gov. Whitmer said she hopes to continue lowering restrictions for certain areas of the state as early as later this week. However, should there be a resurgence of coronavirus cases in the state, she said, the return to more stringent restrictions may be necessary.

“Celebrate safely, practice social distancing and wear your masks,” she said.

Click here for more details on Executive Order 110.