Starting today Michigan state officials have lifted the current COVID-19 restriction allowing us to finally go back to normal life, kinda.

I'm super excited about us being back to normal capacity just in time for Summer. But has the damage from Covid-19 already been done?

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Capacity in both indoor and outdoor settings was expected to increase to 100%, and the state no longer required residents to wear a face mask, vaccinated or not, as of Tuesday.

 

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had previously stated Michigan would lift the broad mask and gathering limits on July 1, 2021, but thanks to plummeting COVID-19 case numbers and a vast majority of residents being vaccinated, that timeline was accelerated. Source:NBC 25.com

Even with the dip in numbers and the accelerated timeline, is this enough for local businesses to bounce back? It's all fun and games when you don't run a business and your main concern is partying. But for those that have to balance the books, and pay employees this might be the greatest day of the year! Originally set for July 1st this expedited lift on the Covid-19 restrictions is a breath of fresh air for the mom and pops shops barely treading water.

Now there are still a few protocols in place to be aware of:

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recommends that individuals continue to wear face masks in the situations outlined below.

If you are not fully vaccinated wear a mask in these settings:

  • In crowded outdoor settings and events
  • Participating in outdoor contact sports
  • In Residential Care Facilities
  • In outdoor congregate settings

With the majority of Michiganders already vaccinated we're officially past the worst of Covid-19 and we have the rest of this year to try and get back balanced. 2021 feels like a pre-trial before we get back to real normal life. I expect 2022 to be the official first year of normalcy and we're already halfway there...

 

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