Salons and barbershops are set to reopen statewide soon as new COVID-19 cases continue to trend downward.
On June 15, personal services including hair, massages, and nails will reopen in the remaining regions of the state, advancing the rest of Michigan into phase four, the improving stage. Many businesses closed during the pandemic, but salons and barbershops became a right-wing rallying cry against Whitmer.
“So that’s right, you can get a haircut,” Whitmer said at Friday’s press conference.
As of Wednesday, much of northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula will move into phase five — the containing stage — of Whitmer’s six phase reopening plan, allowing Michiganders to return to salons, movie theaters and gyms. Those regions were the first to have major service reopenings before Memorial Day.
Phase five allows for indoor social gatherings and organized events of up to 50 people, outdoor social gatherings and organized events of no more than 250 people and outdoor performance and sporting venues with a capacity limit of 500.
These changes will allow for some outdoor graduation ceremonies, Whitmer said.
“If the current trajectory continues, I do anticipate that in a few weeks the whole state will be in phase five. That is my fervent hope, and that’s always been our goal to safely reengage,” Whitmer said. “So please, do not drop your guard now. Because of the hard work and sacrifice that we’ve made, we’re now able to make this reengagement happen. So get ready, but stay vigilant.”
Whitmer announced earlier this week lifted the stay-home order and announced plans for restaurants and retailers to reopen.
As businesses begin to reopen, the governor reminds owners that all public venues are still required to follow safety protocols and procedures, including requiring masks and facial coverings, set by the state and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Today marks another milestone in the safe reopening of Michigan’s economy,” Whitmer said.
Michigan saw its first cases of COVID-19 in Michigan on March 10, and on March 23 Whitmer announced her stay-at-home order, which closed all nonessential businesses.
As of Thursday, Michigan has 58,241 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 5,595 deaths.
The number of new COVID-19 cases has been slowing in most parts of the state, but Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun warns that this does not mean the disease is out of Michigan yet.
“COVID-19 will be with us for some time, and we have to get used to living with this virus amongst us in the safest way possible. This is a marathon; it is not a sprint,” Khaldun said.