On Thursday, Governor Whitmer signed a new executive order that extends the state of emergency until July 16.

The aggressive measures we took at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic have worked to flatten the curve, but there is still more to be done to prevent a second wave.

Before you freak out, this doesn't mean that we're going back to lockdown. Just that we need to continue to do our parts. Whitmer goes on to say that we need to keep up with social distancing and wearing masks when out in public to protect ourselves, each other, and those working the front lines.

With that said, Michiganders are required to continue wearing face masks when out shopping until July 15. Under the revised executive order it states that

  • Anyone (who is medically able) entering a food establishment must wear a face covering over mouth and nose
  • Grocery stores and pharmacies must continue to allocate special shopping hours to vulnerable populations including people whom are pregnant, 60+, and have a chronic condition

Establishments too must move forward ensuring best practices:

  • Provide access to hand washing facilities and hand sanitizer
  • Require checkout employees to wear face masks
  • Ensure social distancing is maintained between employees and customers
  • Follow cleaning guidelines of the CDC
  • Eliminating free samples and tasting stations.
  • Close self-prepared food bars

Data has shown that the measures taken in Michigan has worked and the number of new cases and deaths have dropped. In fact, our response to the pandemic has been one of the best in the nation. If all continues to go well, Governor Whitmer says the entire state will be at "Phase 5" of the reopening plan by July 4. Phase 5 allows gyms, movie theaters, and bowling alleys to open once again.

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