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Whitmer signs executive order requiring masks in indoor, public spaces

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration issued orders changing the time frames for making funeral arrangements and setting up a coronavirus accountability office Whitmer signs tougher public mask executive order
Melba Vasquez | 13 July, 2020, 19:27

"Willful violation" of the order is a misdemeanor with a potential fine of up to $500, but no jail time.

The order also excludes from penalty people "removing a mask while engaging in religious worship at a house of religious worship".

Over the past week, every region in MI has seen an uptick in new cases, and daily case counts now exceed 20 cases per million in the Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Lansing regions. Governors in the states of Kansas, Maine, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Washington have imposed similar requirements on businesses.

The governor said Wednesday she will issue an executive order that will provide details on what will be required and what will be recommended.

"Over the past two weeks, every region in MI has seen an uptick in new cases, and daily case counts now exceed 20 cases per million in the Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Lansing regions", Whitmer said in her order Friday.

"Masks can reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19 by about 70 percent", she said.

MLive.com notes that Gov. Whitmer had earlier ordered Michiganders to wear masks inside. National Federation of Independent Business-Michigan Director Charlie Owens, speaking to the Free Press, said the governor's penalties for businesses raise troubling questions about companies' ability to follow the state's order.

Studies show that masks are an effective way to decrease the spread of COVID-19, which has killed more than 6,000 MI residents.

Those who are exempt include people who are younger than 5 years old, those who can't medically tolerate a face covering and those who are eating or drinking while seated at a restaurant. Businesses subject to this order must come into compliance with the requirements by Monday, July 13, 2020.

"Since March, the men and women of the Michigan National Guard have stepped up to support the state's response to COVID-19; this extension would allow us flexibility to continue our work with Governor Whitmer to protect our fellow Michiganders", Maj. "Shopping has proven to be a safe activity, we can keep it safe and retail doors open by wearing a mask and being respectful of others".

"All Meijer customers must now wear a face covering or face mask when shopping at any Meijer store or Meijer Express station in MI", said Frank J. Guglielmi, Meijer's senior director of communications.

"For the sake of your loved ones", Whitmer said, "let's all mask up, Michigan".

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