Effective immediately, Michiganders are allowed to travel anywhere in the state and can gather outside in groups of up to 100 people, as long as they adhere to social distancing. Retail stores across the state will be allowed to open for in-house customers this Thursday (6/4), and must adhere to safety protocols and new capacity limits. Starting June 8 bars and restaurants will be allowed to reopen statewide at half capacity; as well as swimming pools and day camps for kids. However hair salons, tattoo parlors, casinos, barber shops, movie theaters, and gyms must still remain closed.
All Michigan auto insurance companies must give partial premium refunds or waivers due to people driving less during the pandemic. “Michiganders have been staying safe and staying home and they should see the benefit in reduced auto insurance rates during the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Governor Whitmer. Insurance companies have until June 10 to submit filings on how they will determine refunds. If you have any questions you can email or call Michigan’s Department of Insurance and Financial Services by Friday June 5 at 8pm; 833-ASK-DIFS or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Michigan Treasury Department announced that Michigan retailers will be required to start refunding consumers’ returnable plastic and glass bottles and cans beginning June 15. Retailers will be allowed to set certain limits on daily bottle returns, and must adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols. The Treasury Department was quoted saying, “During this initial phase, retailers must limit the volume of weekly returned beverage containers to no more than 140% of their average weekly collection volume for the period of April and May 2019.”
While Governor Whitmer made a big announcement yesterday (6/1) loosening restrictions and ending the stay-at-home order, she has yet to allow hair and nail salons to reopen. There have been recent reports of Michiganders crossing the Ohio border to get a hair cut. Whitmer addressed the issue of Michiganders crossing the border, “I’d tell people if you’re like me and you need a haircut that desperately, a couple more weeks of this and we may be back in a place where we’re able to do that safely. If you’re one of those people going to Ohio, I hope and pray you are doing your part not to bring COVID-19 home and that if you haven’t Google how you do a haircut or throw your hair into a ponytail and get through the next couple of weeks so we can resume some of these things.”
A crowd gathered outside Somerset Collection in Troy to protest police brutality following the death of George Floyd. Somerset closed its doors yesterday (6/1) ahead of the planned protests. While some aspects of the protest became heated, Troy Police said the protest was mostly peaceful. The demonstration ended Monday with Troy officers kneeling alongside protesters.