Whitmer lifts outdoor gathering limits June 1, broad COVID-19 restrictions end July 1

By: - May 20, 2021 1:16 pm

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gets her second COVID vaccination | Whitmer office photo

As case rates and hospitalizations drop and more Michiganders get vaccinated, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday that capacity limits will be lifted and mask mandates will end in the coming weeks. 

As of June 1, capacity limits will be lifted for outdoor events, indoor capacity limits will increase to 50% and curfews for bars and restaurants will be lifted. As of July 1, the state will no longer limit capacity at indoor or outdoor gatherings nor mandate masks for any Michigander. 

Until July 1, the mask mandate stands for all non-vaccinated Michiganders when they are indoors. 

Whitmer last week updated the state’s mask mandate, allowing for Michiganders who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to not wear face coverings.

In April, Whitmer rolled out her “Vacc to Normal” plan, which would allow for certain restrictions to be lifted based on the percentage of vaccinated Michiganders. 

On Thursday, Whitmer said the state collapsed the plan “because it became very clear that it’s important for us to give people sure dates and confidence that we can be safe doing this.”

Whitmer stated that cases and test positivity rates have been declining for five weeks and hospitalizations have been declining for three weeks.


Michigan has a total of 879,685 COVID-19 cases and 18,741 people have died from the virus.

Whitmer said as of July, the state “will no longer impose broad mitigation measures during the pandemic, unless of course unanticipated circumstances arise.”

“We look at this as the last moment of these types of orders,” Whitmer said. 

Whitmer, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist and Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health, stressed the importance for Michiganders to get vaccinated, saying that they are not easing up on those efforts. 

“We have made great progress with our vaccination efforts, but the pandemic is not over. We are working to make sure vaccines are accessible to everyone at their doctor’s office, in their neighborhoods, or even in their homes,” Khaldun said. 

To date, Michigan has administered 7.9 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and about 57% of the state’s eligible population have received at least one dose. 

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Allison R. Donahue
Allison R. Donahue

Allison R. Donahue covers education, women's issues and LGBTQ issues. Previously, she was a suburbs reporter at the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minn., covering local education and government. As a graduate of Grand Valley State University, she has previous experience as a freelance researcher for USA Today and an intern with WOOD TV-8. When she is away from her desk, she spends her time going to concerts, comedy shows or getting lost on hikes in different places around the world.