CORRECTION: Our earlier message contained links to the previous order. Please see below for the May 6 Gatherings and Face Mask Order.

May 6, 2021 – Gatherings and Face Mask Order

New Order Relaxes Face Mask Requirements
and Outdoor Gathering Limitations

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a new Gatherings and Face Mask Order, effective Thursday, 5/6/21, through Monday, 5/31/21, that relaxes some face mask requirements for vaccinated individuals and youth sports following new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The new order also permits larger outdoor residential gatherings and expanded capacity at large outdoor events like festivals, fairs and golf tournaments.

May 6, 2021 – Gatherings and Face Mask Order

The 5/6/21 order continues to require businesses to prohibit unmasked gatherings of any kind. Additionally, the new order does not change the requirements of MIOSHA COVID-19 Emergency Rules, which mandate employers to require the use of face coverings in shared spaces and when employees cannot consistently maintain six feet of separation.

MMA’s Government Affairs team is available to assist manufacturers with questions about COVID-19 orders and workplace safety rules. Contact MMA’s Dave Worthams at 517-487-8511 or

New & Notable

Webinar: Retaining Your Hard-Won Talent

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 • 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Register online

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed much in our personal and professional lives, not the least of which are the reasons your employees may choose to stay or leave. With recruiting harder than ever, make sure you’re retaining your hard-won talent by helping them navigate the ever-changing workplace, aligning your HR and Communications teams to effectively communicate expectations and work plans, and training your front-line leaders to support retention. Join MMA, Sigred Solutions, and leading manufacturing executives on Wednesday, May 26 at 8:30 a.m. for a dynamic roundtable discussion with leading manufacturers who are implementing creative and effective solutions to grow and retain their workforce.

Tracy Fuerst, Vice President of Corporate Communications and PR for Magna International, leads a global team that is bringing the Magna story to life inside and outside of the company. Her record of achievement in more than 15 years at Magna is remarkable and her work to convey crucial information throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to Magna’s 159,000 worldwide employees, including the development of Magna’s Smart Start-Up Interactive Playbook, was key to the global mobility technology company’s successful emergence and recovery from the crisis.

Candace Kettner, Director of Talent for The Shyft Group, is a strategic, results-oriented HR leader who plays a leading role in shaping the collaborative organizational culture and engaged workforce at The Shyft Group, the North American leader in specialty vehicle manufacturing and assembly for the commercial and fleet vehicle industries as well as for recreational vehicle markets. Candace has extensive experience in HR and talent management for manufacturing companies, including Dayco, Valeo, Parker Hannefin and ZF TRW.

All Michiganders 16 and Up
Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine

As of 4/5/21, all Michiganders age 16 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • To find a site in your county, go to How To Get The Safe, Effective Vaccine and check the website of your local health department.
  • You can also check with local pharmacies: Rite Aid, Meijer, Kroger, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, SpartanNash (Topco) and Cardinal (with Snyder).
  • Residents who don’t have access to the internet or who need assistance navigating the vaccine scheduling process can call the COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 (press 1) Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • To register for the West Michigan Vaccine Clinic at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, go to West Michigan Vaccine Clinic (
  • To register for the Regional Community Vaccination Site at Ford Field in Detroit go to or text End COVID to 75049.

On-Site COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Available

Help drive vaccine engagement with employees and accelerate our economic recovery by hosting an on-site COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at your facility.

Resources for Manufacturers

Stay updated and compliant with the many changes imposed over the last few weeks. Find state, federal and member resources on MMA’s COVID-19 Resources.

Please continue to reach out to the MMA team with questions.