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Governor strengthens mask requirements in businesses, includes outdoor crowds

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: July 10, 2020


With Michigan COVID-19 cases climbing in recent weeks, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a new Executive Order, requiring businesses to turn away customers who refuse to wear face coverings – with some exceptions. Masks must also be worn in crowded outdoor areas.

Beginning July 13, Executive Order 2020-147 makes willful violation of the order a misdemeanor with a $500 fine. Jail time cannot be imposed.

The order reiterates individuals are required to wear a face covering when inside any indoor public space. Businesses open to the public must deny entry and service to individuals refusing to wear a face mask and post signs at all entrances regarding the legal obligation to wear them.

Outdoor masks are required when people from different households cannot maintain six-foot of distance. Face masks are also required when riding or waiting for public transportation, taxis or ridesharing vehicles and private cars hired for transportation.

Exceptions are listed in the order, including: those who cannot medically tolerate a face covering; children under age five; and individuals eating or drinking while seated inside a food service establishment. Religious worship is also excluded, but the Governor’s office noted in a press release, CDC guidelines strongly encourage wearing face coverings during religious services.

Please click on the link below to Executive Order 2020-147.


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