Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
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Dine-in at restaurants will reopen early next week, according to reports. Whitmer is expected to give more details Monday afternoon.

LANSING, MI — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ended the stay-at-home orders that have been in place since mid-March, according to reports. The Associated Press said the orders that successfully helped to flatten Michigan’s curve will be lifted between now and June 8. 

Specific details include office work not able to be performed remotely can resume, in-home services can resume and gatherings of under 100 are permitted effective immediately.

Restaurants are also reopening next Monday, provided six feet of social distance can be maintained. 

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It is likely that the rest of the state will follow the example Whitmer used in northern Michigan. As The ‘Gander reported, a number of best practices like reducing overall restaurant capacity and requiring customers to wait to be seated in their cars were implemented to help prevent a second wave of coronavirus infections. 

That would be consistent with the approach Whitmer has taken thus far, of the state’s response being a “dial, not a switch” and freely adapting to the evolving situation. 

“We’re in a position where we can turn the dial a little bit more,” Whitmer said in a press conference. “We’re taking a big step forward today in Michigan. There’s a crucial individual work we have to do to avoid a second wave, so it’s on all of you to do your part.”

Whitmer said a major flip in the state’s perspective was that instead of listing what few ways normal life continued, the state now framed the conversation around the few situations where it was still too dangerous to return to normal activity.

Those dangerous activities include nail salons and barbershops, said Whitmer, but she hopes that if Michigan keeps to its current trajectory those businesses will be able to reopen by July 4.

“If you’re like me, you need a haircut desperately, a couple more weeks of this and we may be back in a place where we’re able to do that safely,” Whitmer said.

Though she expressed concern that Michiganders crossing state lines to get hair cuts might slow that process.

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As The ‘Gander reported, the Stay Home, Stay Safe order almost instantly cut the spread of the coronavirus and helped the state mitigate the worst weeks of the pandemic. That order has now been rescinded thanks to its effectiveness.

“We’ve come a long way together and there’s no doubt we’ve made a lot of sacrifice,” Whitmer said. “So I want to thank you, for repeatedly, day after day, those of you who have done your part to get us to this point.”

On Monday, Michigan announced 135 new coronavirus cases and 25 new deaths. That brings the overall total to 57,532 cases, of which 5,516 have died.

“None of us, not one of us, ever wants to go through this again with a second wave,” Whitmer said in a press conference last week. “We have to learn to live with this virus for the time being … We need to rise to this occasion and not devolve into our worst selves.”

According to the daily update from the state, the county-level breakdown is as follows:

  • Alcona: 17 (1 death)
  • Allegan: 220 (6 deaths)  
  • Alpena: 95 (9 deaths)
  • Antrim: 12 
  • Arenac: 34 (1 death)  
  • Baraga: 1
  • Barry: 63 (2 deaths)
  • Bay: 312 (22 deaths)
  • Benzie: 4
  • Berrien: 629 (52 deaths)
  • Branch: 123 (2 deaths)
  • Calhoun: 372 (22 deaths)
  • Cass: 82 (3 deaths)
  • Charlevoix: 15 (1 death)
  • Cheboygan: 21 (1 death)
  • Chippewa: 2
  • Clare: 19 (2 deaths)
  • Clinton: 140 (11 deaths)
  • Crawford: 58 (5 death)
  • Delta: 17 (2 deaths)
  • Dickinson: 5 (2 deaths)
  • Eaton: 190 (6 deaths)
  • Emmet: 21 (2 deaths)
  • Genesee: 2,015 (252 deaths)
  • Gladwin: 18 (1 death)
  • Gogebic: 5 (1 death)
  • Grand Traverse: 27 (5 deaths)
  • Gratiot: 74 (11 deaths)
  • Hillsdale: 169 (24 deaths)
  • Houghton 6
  • Huron: 48 (1 death)
  • Ingham: 740 (26 deaths)
  • Ionia: 151 (4 deaths)
  • Iosco: 95 (9 deaths)
  • Isabella: 77 (7 deaths)
  • Jackson: 448 (28 deaths)
  • Kalamazoo: 844 (57 deaths)
  • Kalkaska: 19 (2 deaths)
  • Kent: 3,748 (89 deaths)
  • Lake: 6
  • Lapeer: 190 (30 deaths)
  • Leelanau: 11
  • Lenawee: 154 (4 deaths)
  • Livingston: 397 (26 deaths)
  • Luce: 3
  • Mackinac: 8
  • Macomb: 6,707 (814 deaths)
  • Manistee: 11
  • Marquette: 56 (12 deaths)
  • Mason: 32
  • Mecosta: 21 (2 deaths)
  • Menominee: 8
  • Midland: 82 (8 deaths)
  • Missaukee: 16 (1 death)
  • Monroe: 473 (21 deaths)
  • Montcalm: 66 (1 death)
  • Montmorency: 5
  • Muskegon: 645 (36 deaths)
  • Newaygo: 107
  • Oakland: 8,407 (992 deaths)
  • Oceana: 87 (2 deaths)
  • Ogemaw: 22 (1 death)
  • Osceola: 11
  • Oscoda: 5 (1 death)
  • Otsego: 102 (10 deaths)
  • Ottawa: 781 (33 deaths)
  • Presque Isle: 11
  • Roscommon: 21
  • Saginaw: 1,048 (108 deaths)
  • Sanilac: 41 (5 deaths)
  • Schoolcraft: 4
  • Shiawassee: 240 (26 deaths)
  • St Clair: 448 (41 deaths) 
  • St Joseph: 119 (2 death)
  • Tuscola: 189 (24 deaths)
  • Van Buren: 144 (6 deaths)
  • Washtenaw: 1,337 (99 deaths)
  • Wayne: 20,446 (2,463 deaths) (Detroit alone has 11,058 cases and 1,375 deaths)
  • Wexford: 12 (3 deaths)
  • Michigan Department of Corrections: 3,933 (69 deaths)
  • Federal Corrections Institute: 146 (4 deaths)
  • Unknown: 2
  • Out of State: 42

Total: 57,532 cases, 5,516 deaths