Michigan residents adjust to updated mask mandate

People fully vaccinated no longer required to wear a mask

Michigan's new mask rules take effect
Michigan's new mask rules take effect

DETROIT – Downtown Detroit looked similar to how it was pre-pandemic Saturday night.

The mask mandate in Michigan is now lifted, which those who are fully vaccinated don’t have to wear a mask outside or inside.

“I feel comfortable, that I’ve been vaccinated for over two months. I also feel like it’s up to every person and how they feel,” said Amy Canterbury.

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Taurean Thomas, on the other hand, said he’s not ready to get rid of his mask just yet.

“I think I’m completely vaccinated but I think just to make other people feel safe. I want to be comfortable, so I keep wearing my mask. I don’t mind it,” Thomas said.

When it comes to enforcement, the state is leaving it up to restaurants or businesses to implement wearing a mask or not. Katchua said they’re allowing the customers to decide.

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“We’re going to require our staff to keep the mask on,” said Sean Katchuba, general manager of Mootz Pizzeria in Downtown Detroit. “As a customer, you come in and you don’t have one, that’s your decision. If you have one, that’s also your decision.”

Things are a little different at Ivy’s Kitchen and Cocktails on East Jefferson Avenue, whose policy is to mask up.

Nya Marshall, owner of Ivy’s Kitchen and Cocktails, said it’s all about safety.

“You will still be required to wear the mask when you enter and exit. When you move around Ivy, you would still be required to wear the mask,” Marshall said.


About the Author:

Larry Spruill Jr. joined the Local 4 News team in January 2018. Prior, he worked at WJAX in Jacksonville, Florida. Larry grew up as a military kid because his father is a retired Chief of the United States Air Force.