Metro Detroit businesses weighing what to do next after state updates mask mandate

Michigan will follow Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and lift the mask mandate for those fully vaccinated as of Saturday, May 15.

Those who are not vaccinated are asked to mask themselves indoors.

Small business in Metro Detroit is considering what to do next. At the Studio One Salon in Rochester, proprietor Hillary Heacock waits for further guidelines from the state before taking off the masks.

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“This just threw a wrench into what we’re supposed to be doing,” Heacock said. “Can we stop the temperature check? Can we remove masks? “

Elizabeth Hertel, director of the Michigan Department of Health (MDHHS), said the guidelines are coming soon.

“We’ll update all of our guidelines by Tuesday (May 18) or Wednesday (May 19) next week,” said Hertel.

Some chains, like Trader Joe’s, will be masked off as of Saturday, while other stores like Meijer said they’ll still need them for now.

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More than a dozen states have quickly adopted new federal guidelines that, in most cases, no longer require fully vaccinated Americans to wear masks indoors or outdoors. However, other states and cities, as well as some large corporations, hesitated because they had doubts as to whether the approach was safe or even practical.

As many business owners have pointed out, there is no easy way to tell who has been vaccinated and who has not. And the new guidelines released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention essentially work on the honor system, leaving people to do the right thing.

Working groups and others warned that employees in shops, restaurants, bars and other businesses could be exposed to the coronavirus by customers and forced into the undesirable role of the “vaccination police”.


But in Malvern, Pennsylvania, owner Sean Weinberg removed the mask signs on Friday at the Alba restaurant he runs with his wife. He also emailed his staff to let them know that if they are fully vaccinated, they can go without masks at work.

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