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Whitmer: Salons open June 15; northern Michigan restarts sooner

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A new order signed Friday by Governor Gretchen Whitmer will soon allow Michiganders to get their hair cut or styled – as well as head to the gym or a movie theater – with certain precautions.

Whitmer announced Friday that many restrictions designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 will be lifted soon.

She says this is possible because the number of new COVID-19 cases in Michigan continues to decline.

“But COVID-19 is still very present here in Michigan, and that’s why it’s on all of us to keep doing our part. It’s not just on us as individuals. It’s about our economy. It’s about our state. It’s about our loved ones.”

Whitmer says social distancing will still be required, along with wearing masks, and self-isolating in cases of possible COVID-19 exposure.

“Filling a stadium again is probably not going to happen again until we have a vaccine and that’s going to be awhile. And so we’re learning to live with COVID-19. Every step of the way depends on people continuing to do their part.”

The restrictions will be lifted first in the northern Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula starting Wednesday -- followed by southern Michigan starting June 15th.

In northern counties, indoor gatherings of 50 people will be permissible.

Outdoor gatherings of 250 will be allowed, while outdoor performance and sporting venues will be able to have 500 people - allowing for some graduation ceremonies.

Whitmer expects to move the rest of Michigan to the next phase in coming weeks.

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Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.
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