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MIDLAND, Mich. — Pretty soon, we will be able to sing at church, dance at weddings, cheer at games, hug each other, and laugh together.

Those were Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s words this morning as she continues to ease COVID-19 restrictions for Michiganders. Today, Whitmer announced that on June 1, there will be no capacity limit on outdoor gatherings. She also announced the increase of capacity limits indoors to 50 percent.

As of July 1, Whitmer says the state will no longer limit capacity both inside and outside, and mask mandates will also be lifted.

“June 1, all outdoor capacity limits will be lifted,” Whitmer said. “On July 1, that is when we take out final step. We will lift the broad mask and gatherings order and will no longer impose broad mitigation measures during the pandemic, unless unanticipated circumstances arrive.”

Whitmer also said that Michigan has administered almost 8 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and that 57 percent of the population has received at least one dose.