Grand Rapids Chamber Statement on CDC Announcement

Highlights Need for Governor and MDHHS to Update Restrictions Immediately and Pull Back Proposed Permanent COVID Workplace Rules

“Today’s CDC announcement that anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor activities – large or small – without wearing a mask highlights the urgent need for Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to update restrictions to allow for weddings and events in alignment with this new health guidance,” said Rick Baker, President, and CEO of the Grand Rapids Chamber.

“Our event venues, large and small, are in desperate need of clarity so they can plan their recovery.  Michigan’s current plan has no certain dates, and we are more than a million and a half vaccinations away from getting “Vacc to Normal.”

“Michigan is clearly an outlier in this industry compared to other states and especially in the Midwest. We are losing business to other states and it is time to change course. We need to set a date to bring indoor meetings, conventions, weddings, and events safely back.”

“In addition, we call on the Whitmer Administration to pull back making Michigan’s COVID-19 Workplace Safety Rules permanent. Given the changing information as we emerge from the pandemic, this is not the time to advance permanent rules that are inconsistent with the CDC, require masks, and more.”



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