Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday lifted the mask requirement for fully vaccinated Michiganders, bringing the state a step closer to more normal times after a protracted battle with Covid-19.
"With millions of Michiganders fully vaccinated, we can now safely and confidently take the next step to get back to normal," Whitmer says in a statement and social media video (below). "The message is clear: vaccines work to protect you and your loved ones."
The change means Michiganders no longer need a mask outside regardless of vaccination status. Comerica Park's requirement its lifted, it confirms.
Indoors, only unvaccinated people and those who haven't completed their shots need a mask. Trader Joe's, Costco and Walmart have dropped their face covering requirement, though Meijer and Kroger continue insisting that everyone be masked in their stores. So does MGM Grand Detroit casino.
The state's broad indoor mask mandate expires July 1.
The move comes a day after the Centers for Disease Control updated guidance recommending “fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.”
To date, Michigan has administered 7.87 million vaccines, and 55.6 percent of people 16 and older have received at least one dose. More than 43 percent are fully vaccinated. The state has also given shots to 927 Michiganders aged 12-15.
“It’s critical that eligible Michigan residents who have not yet been vaccinated schedule their appointments as soon as they can," said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the state's chief medical officer, in a statement. “Getting shots in arms is the best way to end the pandemic."
We’ve trusted scientists and experts to keep us safe during the pandemic, and it’s worked. With millions of Michiganders fully vaccinated, we can now safely take the next step to get back to normal. Vaccines protect you and your loved ones, if you haven’t already, sign up today. pic.twitter.com/zjXoKeSQDW— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) May 14, 2021