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Mask requirements lifted in most state buildings effective today

A KN95 mask and a surgical mask.
Photo illustration by Max Posner/NPR
A KN95 mask and a surgical mask.

Mask requirements will soon be lifted in most facilities that are owned or leased by the state of Michigan.

The new rules will take effect Thursday.

This takes place as COVID-19 case and hospitalization numbers are improving. Counties are relaxing mask requirements in schools. And the CDC has issued new indoor mask guidance.

“It’s a lot of health information that seems to be trending in a positive direction right now.”

Caleb Buhs is with the Michigan Department of Management and Budget. He says the state is ready to pivot.

“All of this is subject to a change if there’s another variant or another surge in some manner. This is all subject to change to protect public health if necessary, going forward.”

There will be some exceptions, including long-term care facilities and prisons. Also, spaces where lease agreements require masks.