Michigan's Vaccinated Office Workers No Longer Have to Wear Masks or Distance

May 24, 2021, 1:35 PM by  Allan Lengel

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Vaccinated office workers no longer have to wear masks or social distance, effective immediately, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Monday.

The new Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration's guidelines open the door for loosening workplace restrictions if employers can enusre that nonaccinated workers continue to follow stricter guildelines. 

“The reason we can take these steps is thanks to every Michigander who has stepped up and taken action to keep themselves, their families, and their communities safe," Whitmer says in a statement. "Together, we are eliminating this once-in-a-century virus, and now we are poised to jumpstart our economy and power it to new highs.”

As of June 1, outdoor capacity limits will be lifted, opening the way for the Detroit TIgers to increase attendance. Restrictions for indoor social gatherings will increase to 50 percent and be eliminated July 1. Until July, unvaccinated people will be required to wear masks inside.

“As we work with the administration to get back to normal, protecting Michigan workers on the job remains the top priority for MIOSHA,” said Michigan Dept. of Labor and Economic Opportunity Acting Director Susan Corbin in a statement "These updated emergency rules will give workers and businesses the clarity and confidence they need to bring our economy back to full-strength." 

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