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Michigan Salons Can Reopen Statewide on June 15

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According to an Executive Order, salons, barbershops, nail, and massage services can resume statewide June 15.

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Salons, barbershops and other personal care facilities will be allowed to reopen statewide on June 15th.

If the current trajectory continues, I do anticipate that the whole state will be in Phase 5. That is my fervent hope – that has always been our goal: to safely reengage.” — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

Governor Gretchen Whitmer continues to reopen the state as COVID-19 infection rates drop. An executive order issued on Friday allows personal care businesses like salons and barbershops, as well as nail and massage services, to reopen in the Traverse City area and the Upper Peninsula this coming Wednesday, June 10, with the rest of the state following suit on June 15.

According to the order, Traverse City and Upper Peninsula movie theaters and gyms will also be allowed to reopen at 25 percent capacity and graduation ceremonies can take place in large outdoor spaces.  

Despite declaring it being safe enough to reopen, Whitmer says businesses need to have proper precautions in place.

That means marking waiting rooms to enable six feet of social distancing while people wait,” says Whitmer. “Adding special hours for highly vulnerable patients – including the elderly and those with chronic conditions. Requiring employees make proper use of PPE – that means wearing the mask over your nose and mouth.”

Governor Whitmer says she expects to have the entire state completely reopen in a few weeks – but admitted it will be a while before restaurants will be able to operate at full capacity.

If the current trajectory continues, I do anticipate that the whole state will be in Phase 5. That is my fervent hope – that has always been our goal: to safely reengage.”

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Russ McNamara, Host, All Things Considered

Russ McNamara is the host of All Things Considered for 101.9 WDET, presenting local news to the station’s loyal listeners. While working as an audio engineer for ABC Sports, he was sprayed with champagne as the Detroit Pistons celebrated their championship in 2004.

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