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Michigan reaches first milestone in back to normal plan; In-person work to resume May 24

LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer has announced that 55% of Michiganders have received their first dose of the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. The announcement marks the first milestone of the ‘MI Vacc to Normal’ plan, which would enable in-person work to resume across all employment sectors on May 24. Governor Whitmer released a video on social media congratulating Michiganders for achieving this important step and encouraged others to get vaccinated to help us get back to normal.    

I am excited that 55of Michiganders have gotten their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine because it puts us one step closer to getting Vacc to Normal,” said Governor Whitmer. “Everyone is eligible to get their safe, effective shots, and it‘s on all of us to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect ourselves, our families, and our communitiesOn May 24, we anticipate allowing a return to inperson work across all sectorsand as more Michiganders get vaccinated, we will continue lifting restrictions to get Vacc to Normal safely.”   

To date, Michigan has administered 4,455,395 vaccines, moving the state closer to its goal of equitably vaccinating at least 70% of Michiganders ages 16 and older as soon as possible. To date, 55% of Michiganders have received their initial dose of the vaccine. 

The Vacc to Normal plan will use four vaccination-based milestones that, once achieved, will enable Michigan to take a step toward normalcy: 

(1)  55% of Michiganders (4,453,304 residents), plus two weeks  

  • Allows in-person work for all sectors of business.  

(2) 60% of Michiganders (4,858,150 residents), plus two weeks  

  • Increases indoor capacity at sports stadiums to 25%.  
  • Increases indoor capacity at conference centers/banquet halls/funeral homes to 25%.  
  • Increases capacity at exercise facilities and gyms to 50%.  
  • Lifts the curfew on restaurants and bars.    

(3)  65% of Michiganders (5,262,996 residents), plus two weeks  

  • Lifts all indoor % capacity limits, requiring only social distancing between parties.  
  • Further relaxes limits on residential social gatherings.    

 (4) 70% of Michiganders (5,667,842 residents), plus two weeks  

  • Lifts the Gatherings and Face Masks Order such that MDHHS will no longer employ broad mitigation measures unless unanticipated circumstances arise, such as the spread of vaccine-resistant variants.  

 To learn more about the MI Vacc to Normal Plan and vaccine rollout, visit to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.