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Summer camps are back. Governor Whitmer today (June 12) signed an executive order lifting restrictions on overnight residential, travel and troop camps starting Monday (June 15).

“As we’ve worked together to bend the curve and protect our families from COVID-19, our kids have lost time in the classroom and missed out on playdates, birthday parties and graduations. That’s why I’m glad they’ll have an opportunity to spend a week or weekend away at camp,” Governor Whitmer said in a statement.

She added, “This is another significant milestone for Michigan as we continue to slowly and safely reopen our economy, and I want to thank Michiganders for doing their part to flatten the curve. While this is good news, there’s still more work to do to protect Michigan families from the spread of this virus, avoid a second wave, and protect the heroes on the front lines. We will get through this together.”

Open camps must follow guidelines set by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, which will be published in the coming days.

The new order also allows certain K-12 school sports activities and other in-person extracurricular school activities to resume, so long as participants adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Indoor exercise facilities are not yet permitted to open, except in the Upper Peninsula and the Traverse City Region.

Read the full executive order here.

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal music, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings.