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Gov. Whitmer teases the lifting of some restrictions in ‘coming days’

The governor did not say which industry would see additional reopenings.
Published: Feb. 24, 2021 at 2:41 PM EST
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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - On Wednesday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer teased the lifting of restrictions in a matter of days.

The governor did not specifically say which industry would see additional reopenings. However, current restrictions on restaurants, including a 25 percent capacity limit and 10 p.m. curfew, are set to expire on March 29.

“We are expecting to make more announcements on additional re-engagments in the coming days,” said Whitmer. “Our case numbers and public health metrics are trending in the right direction.”

Whitmer did hint the easing of restrictions could take place among restaurants; an industry that has asked to be further reopened.

“They want to go to 50 percent and they think that it can be done safely and I get that,” said Whitmer. “That’s what I expect to hear and I am hopeful that eventually we get to that point.”

The governor did say that when changes are made, they won’t be drastic.

“If we’re taking a step they will be incremental as have all of our reengagements,” said Whitmer.

The governor’s optimism is led by declining cases in Upper Michigan, and across the state, for months.

“We’re very pleased to see that and feeling very optimistic so let’s keep it up,” said Whitmer.

The governor also responded to criticism from the restaurant industry that current restrictions were extended quietly at the beginning of the month.

“Frankly I was a little bit surprised by the characterization of it,” said Whitmer.

The governor made no mention of the extension at any press conference. Whitmer also saying, visitation restrictions on nursing homes could also be eased.

“We’re hopeful we’ll be able to announce additional aspects of reengagement on that particular front hopefully as soon as next week,” said Whitmer.

As the vaccine process continues, the governor says progress is being made towards vaccinating 70 percent of the eligible population. Currently 10.8 percent of Upper Michigan has received both doses of the vaccine.

“Our target remains equitably distributing at least 50,000 shots per day,” said Whitmer. “A metric that we have met for 13 days.”

You can rewatch today’s press conference here.

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