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State announces first vaccination benchmark is reached


All Michigan workplaces will be allowed to resume in-person work on May 24th.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer made that announcement in a video Monday afternoon, as the state hit a new benchmark: 55-percent of residents 16 and over have received at least one COVID-19 shot.

That means two weeks from now, the state will lift an emergency order requiring employers to have staff work remotely whenever "feasible."

It's the first of four vaccine benchmarks Whitmer's tied to lifting restrictions. 

"The next step will happen two weeks after 60 percent of Michiganders get their first doses. So, if you've got your safe, effective vaccine, thank you. And if you haven't yet, I encourage you to speak to your doctor, or your friends and family, to learn about their experiences."

After 60 percent of Michiganders get at least one dose, the state will increase the number of people allowed at stadiums, funeral homes, gyms and other locations.