Governor Gretchen Whitmer opens more businesses, new covid-19 cases in michigan
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This week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that on June 10, the Upper Peninsula (Region 8) and Traverse City/Northern Michigan (Region 6) will move to Phase Five of her plan to re-open the state, which has been locked down since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here’s a rundown of this next phase of Gov. Whitmer’s “Michigan Safe Start Plan,” as outlined in Executive Order 2020-115. All of these must re-open with safety protocols in place, ensuring social distancing.

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  • Gyms, hair salons, indoor theaters, tattoo parlors, and similar establishments may re-open on June 10.
  • Personal care services, including hair and nail salons, may re-open state-wide on June 15.
  • Social gatherings may take place with these limitations: Indoors, 50 people or less; outdoors, 250 people or less.
  • Arcades, bowling alleys, theaters, climbing facilities, convention centers, performance spaces, meeting halls, night clubs, sports arenas and similar indoor venues may open at 25 percent capacity or 250, whichever is smaller.
  • Concert spaces, race tracks, sports arenas, stadiums and similar outdoor venues may re-open at 25 percent capacity or 500, whichever is smaller.
  • Public swimming pools may re-open, limited to 50 percent capacity if they are outdoors; 25 percent capacity if they are indoors.
  • Upon leaving their residence, individuals must follow social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), including staying at least six feet away from others outside of your household to the extent feasible; wearing a face covering in any enclosed public space when medically able (which may be removed to eat or drink when seated at a restaurant or bar). Businesses and building owners may deny entrance to any individual who refuses to comply with this rule.

New COVID-19 Cases

According to the Grand Traverse County Health Department, two new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Grand Traverse County yesterday, June 6, 2020.

The first case is a 90-year-old female with no symptoms who was tested at last weekend’s community drive-thru testing. She was exposed to the virus downstate before coming to the Traverse City area.

The second case is a male in his 20s with no symptoms who was tested at a Northwest Michigan Health Services testing site. He had no known exposures, so it was determined that he contracted the virus through community exposure.

As of today, the Grand Traverse County Health Department reports 29 positive cases, 6 probable cases, 17 recoveries, 5 deaths and 214 total contacts traced in Grand Traverse County residents.

In Michigan, there have been 58,241 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 5,595 deaths.

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