Small gatherings of groups of ten people or fewer, are allowed immediately, as long as participants practice social distancing.
This means retail businesses, office work that cannot be done remotely, and restaurants and bars can reopen with 50% of their normal seating.
At this time MCHD can not provide accurate information regarding the specifics of the phased opening of businesses in the Upper Peninsula, officials said. "Case and death trends continue to improve overall as a state-and importantly, people are recovering", Khaldun said during Whitmer's news conference.
Whitmer echoed Carruthers' call for vigilance, emphasizing the importance of adhering to social distancing guidelines to prevent a second coronavirus wave in the state later this year.
The move follows the announcement on Monday of a partial reopening in dozens of northern counties starting Friday in an acknowledgement that the outbreak has had less impact on those areas.
In April, hundreds of protesters, some armed, gathered at the state Capitol in Lansing to demonstrate against the orders.
She also issued an order requiring businesses or operations that are permitted to require their employees to leave home for work to develop a COVID-19 preparedness and response plan and make it available to employees and customers by June 1 or within two weeks of resuming in-person activities, whichever is later.
All businesses in regions 6 and 8 will still have to adopt proper safety measures like providing COVID-19 training, the proper use of personal protection equipment, notifying businesses of coronavirus symptoms or possible cases, and how to report unsafe working conditions. There must be cleaning and sanitizing protocols for high-touch areas like credit card machines.
The reopening brings Michigan into Phase 4 of Whitmer's MI Safe Start Plan of reopening the state. She pointed to their new cases per million residents each day - less than five and two - compared to the statewide average of 33.
Due to a low number of cases, the Upper Peninsula and the Traverse City area will be the first regions in MI to reopen more parts of the economy on Friday. About 79% of deaths are from three counties in metro Detroit. "As restrictions are slowly eased, it will be important for us to remain vigilant to stop the spread of the virus". "I want encourage everyone to stay smart and stay safe".
Republican lawmakers, who have challenged Whitmer's orders in court, said they had been pushing for a "commonsense" regional approach. "If we get this right, we will be able to take the next step-and the next", she said.