Governor Gretchen Whitmer Expected to Announce Plans to Reopen Northern Michigan and Upper Peninsula

HAMTRAMCK, MI – JANUARY 27: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer stands on stage at an event where General Motors announced that GMs Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant will build the all-electric Cruise Origin self-driving shuttle on January 27, 2020 in Hamtramck, Michigan. GM will invest $2.2 billion at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant and 2200 jobs for an all-electric future for electric pickups, SUVs, and autonomous vehicles. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is expected to announce plans to reopen parts of northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula during a press conference this afternoon.

According to The Detroit News, Whitmer will relax stay-at-home rules and allow bars, restaurants, and retail locations to reopen in 16 northern Michigan counties and the entire Upper Peninsula, which has seen far fewer coronavirus cases than other counties across the state.

Those northern Michigan counties include Alpena, Charlevoix, and Grand Traverse, among others.

Assuming all goes well in those regions, we could see more regions, including the Great Lakes Bay Region, reopening very soon.

[The Detroit News via YouTube]