‘This is an order, not a recommendation’: Michigan residents to stay home as COVID-19 spreads

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.  

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order, which reiterates that individuals are required to wear a face covering whenever they are in an indoor public space, according to a press release from Whitmer.

The executive order goes into effect Monday, July 13 at 12:01 a.m. Violation of the order is a misdemeanor subject to a $500 fine, but no term of confinement may be imposed on individuals who violate the mask requirement.

This also requires face coverings to be worn in crowded outdoor spaces. The order requires businesses that are open to the public to refuse entry or service to people who are not wearing a face covering, with limited exceptions. 

Under the order, businesses must post signs at all entrances instructing customers of their legal obligation to wear a face covering while inside.

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 are exempt from wearing a mask.

No individual is subject to penalty for removing a mask while engaging in religious worship at a house of religious worship, however, the CDC still  encourages people to wear face coverings during religious services.

Whitmer signed this executive order in response to rising COVID-19 cases in Michigan and across the country. This order amends and replaces the governor’s previous Executive Order 2020-114.

Governors in the states of Kansas, Maine, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Washington have imposed similar requirements on businesses.

“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,” Whitmer said. “We owe it to them to wear our masks when we’re on a trip to the grocery store or pharmacy. Masks can reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19 by about 70 percent. By wearing masks, we can save lives and protect our family, friends, and neighbors from the spread of COVID-19. 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.”

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