Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Governor Gilchrist Celebrate State Reopening
Governor Whitmer communicates State reopening to full capacity
LANSING, MI - On June 22, 2021, Governor Whitmer and Lt. Governor Gilchrist celebrated the reopening of the state to full capacity at Belle Isle in Detroit. As of June 22, 2021, capacity in both indoor and outdoor settings will increase to 100% and the state will no longer require residents to wear a face mask.
“Today is a day that we have all been waiting for, as we can safely get back to normal day-to-day activities and move forward together,” said Governor Whitmer.
“We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the medical experts and health professionals who stood on the frontlines to keep us all safe. And we are incredibly thankful to all of the essential workers who kept our state moving. Thanks to the millions of Michiganders who rolled up their sleeves to get the safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine, we have been able to make these changes ahead of schedule.”
Governor Whitmer and Lt. Governor also took this time to highlight the administration's Economic Jumpstart Plan that focuses on strengthening the economy and putting Michiganders back to work.
Governor Whitmer communicates that their top priority going forward is taking full advantage of the billions in federal relief funding and their $3.5 billion surplus to jumpstart the state’s economy.
“We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ensure that Michigan’s families, small businesses, and communities emerge from this pandemic stronger than ever before.”
The administration also proposes unprecedented investments in critical areas like higher wages, access to childcare, and equity in education to rebuild and recover.
“This move positions our state to unlock the full economic potential of every person and community in Michigan. This is possible thanks to our dedicated health professionals and scientists who guided us through this pandemic and our targeted, effective vaccine rollout that helped Michiganders across the state access the vaccine,” said Lt. Governor Gilchrist.
“We must work together to use this exceptional opportunity presented to us by COVID-19 federal funding to build back better from the pandemic and create brighter futures for every Michigander.”
Tiffany Barber, the small business owner of Tiffany’s Delicious Dogs LLC says, “Tiffany's Delicious Dogs was a City of Detroit vendor for 15 years, forced to change our business model to survive. With grants and training funded by the State of Michigan, to learn new business techniques we made it together and are thankful to our great Governor and the State of Michigan for the support to make it through the storm. We look forward to getting back to business in a safe environment guided by a great leader.”
As of June 22, 2021, 61.2% of Michiganders ages 16 and older have received their first vaccine dose. While vaccination rates continue to increase, case rates, percent positivity and hospitalizations have plummeted over the past several weeks. As part of these efforts, Michigan is partnering with organizations across the state to create more opportunities for Michigan residents to receive a vaccine.