COVID-19 restrictions

MI COVID rules ease

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DETROIT, MI (MPRN)--   Beginning Tuesday, June 1 the state of Michigan lifts restrictions on outdoor gatherings it put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Just over a month ago, Michigan had the highest per capita number of COVID cases in the nation. But those numbers have dropped in recent weeks and Governor Gretchen Whitmer says new guidance from the CDC “changed the landscape.”

Now Michigan no longer mandates wearing a mask outdoors, and only those not fully vaccinated must wear one indoors.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer continued to push back Sunday morning against calls for her to re-impose more COVID-19 restrictions in the face of a third surge. That’s as Michigan has led the nation in new cases per population for two weeks. 

Michigan still requires masks, distancing and limits on gatherings. But the governor said on NBC’s “Meet The Press” that her options to do more are limited, partly due to court decisions.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University officials are keeping a close eye on enrollment numbers for the fall.

In an online forum Wednesday President Fritz Erickson said orientations are up 24 percent at NMU—one of the few universities in the state to show an increase. But a significant number of students stopped attending Northern in January and officials are trying to figure out if that group will sign back up.

Erickson added news from the region’s high schools isn’t much better.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   There are no plans to bring back more COVID-19 restrictions in Michigan, says Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist. That’s despite Michigan’s COVID numbers taking a dark turn this week.

The US Centers for Disease Control says Michigan has the highest number of cases per capita in the US. There’s a surge in a new, highly contagious variant. There have been 16,141 known COVID-related deaths since the virus was first detected in Michigan a little more than a year ago.

LANSING, MI--   Today, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) updated its current epidemic order to allow contact sports to resume as of Monday, Feb.

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LANSING, MI (AP)--   The U.S. Justice Department said Friday it’s on the side of Michigan faith-based schools that are challenging Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s ban on in-person classes in high schools.

The Civil Rights Division filed an argument in favor of three Catholic high schools and the Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools. A federal judge in Kalamazoo will hear arguments Monday.

WASHINGTON, D.C.--   The Department of Justice Friday filed a statement of interest in a Michigan federal court in support of a lawsuit filed by seven businesses challenging the restrictions imposed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.