1) Status of the stay-at-home order: While Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended Michigan's stay-at-home order until May 28, she did announce that "construction, real-estate activities, and work that is traditionally and primarily performed outdoors" could resume beginning on May 11. Auto companies were also allowed to resume work beginning May 11. Restaurants are still only open for take-out and large gatherings are still prohibited. Hiking, biking, walking, golfing, and boating are permitted.
2) What is the reopening plan? Michigan has a six-phase plan for reopening, called the "Safe Start" plan. Most of the state is currently in its third phase. Phase 4 will consist of allowing small gatherings and retail stores to be allowed to open with limited capacity. Phase 5, called "containing," will mean bars and restaurants are allowed to open with limited capacity, schools will reopen, and all outdoor activities are allowed, but gatherings will still limited. The final phase will only occur when the pandemic is over, and is the governor's "ultimate goal." Under that phase, social distancing will be relaxed, all businesses will be allowed to open and events of all sizes will be allowed with new safety procedures.
3) What phase of reopening is the state in? Most of Michigan is currently in its third phase, but two regions are expected to move into the fourth phase on May 22. On that day, cities in the Jackson and Peninsula regions of the state, which are located north, will be allowed to reopen retail businesses, office work that cannot be done remotely and restaurants and bars with limited seating. For the rest of the state, on May 15, businesses such as landscapers, lawn-service companies, hotels, bike repair and maintenance shops, and golf were expected to reopen. Nonessential retailers will also be allowed to reopen for curbside pick-up and delivery. Starting immediately on May 21, small gatherings of 10 people or less can resume, as long as participants practice social distancing. On May 26, retail shops will be allowed to reopen by appointment only.