Michigan gov. provides return-to-work update


Governor Gretchen Whitmer held a news briefing Monday morning to provide an update on Michigan’s return-to-work guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic, as in-person work is now allowed to resume in the state.

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From the briefing: Michigan announces updated workplace rules as employees return to in-person work

On Monday morning, Gov. Whitmer provided an update on the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA)’s return-to-work guidelines as Michigan employees begin returning to the workplace for the first time since the pandemic began.

The governor was also expected to sign a bill into law on Monday that will “support Michigan distillers and help them expand their businesses,” officials said.

Under Michigan’s previous COVID orders, people who work in the state were not allowed to work in person if their job could be carried out remotely. Now that more than 55 percent of Michiganders ages 16 and up have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine, the state is allowing employees to return to in-person work for the first time beginning Monday.

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As COVID infections and hospitalizations are on the decline in Michigan, and with people returning to work, the state is slated to reopen faster than expected.

Last week, Whitmer announced an updated reopening plan for the state, after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their coronavirus guidelines.

Now Michigan is following a two-step reopening plan that is no longer tied to the percentage of vaccinated residents. On June 1, capacity limits will be lifted for all outdoor events, and indoor capacity limits will increase. On July 1, broad mask and gathering rules are expected to be lifted entirely.

Read: 7 facts to know about Michigan’s new plan to fully reopen, return to normal

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