New Executive Order Requiring Mask Use in All Indoor and Crowded Outdoor Spaces
LANSING - On July 10, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order that requires masks to be worn in all indoor public spaces as well as crowded outdoor spaces.
“The heroes on the front lines of this crisis have gone hours without taking their masks off every day – doctors, nurses, child care workers, grocery store workers,” said Whitmer. “We owe it to them to wear our masks when we’re on a trip to the grocery store or pharmacy.”
Gov. Whitmer signed this executive order in response to rising COVID-19 cases in Michigan and across the country, said a press release.
“Masks can reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19 by about 70%. By wearing masks, we can save lives and protect our family, friends and neighbors from the spread of COVID-19,” said Whitmer. “And by wearing masks now, we can put our state in a stronger position so our kids can return to school safely in the fall. For the sake of your loved ones, let’s all mask up, Michigan.”
The executive order also requires any business that is open to the public to refuse entry or service to people who refuse to wear a face covering, with limited exceptions. Those who are exempt from wearing a mask in Michigan businesses include people younger than five years old, those who cannot medically tolerate a face covering, and those who are eating or drinking while seated at a food service establishment, said a press release.
“It’s important that all Michiganders wear masks properly - not down around the neck, not only over the mouth, but correctly over the mouth and nose,” said Chief Medical Executive and DHHS Chief Deputy for Health Dr. Joneigh Khaldun.
A willful violation of the order is a misdemeanor subject to a $500 criminal penalty, but no term of confinement may be imposed on individuals who violate the mask requirement.
The executive order took effect on Monday, July 13.