Gretchen Whitmer

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed executive order 2020-147, which reiterates that individuals are required to wear a face covering whenever they are in an indoor public space.

The order also requires the use of face coverings in crowded outdoor spaces. Most significantly, the order 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.

CLICK HERE to see Executive Order 2020-147

According to Whitmer’s office, governors in the states of Kansas, Maine, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Washington have imposed similar requirements on businesses.

Gov. Whitmer said she signed the executive order in response to rising COVID-19 cases in Michigan and across the country.

“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. We owe it to them to wear our masks when we’re on a trip to the grocery store or pharmacy,” said Governor Whitmer. “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.”

Over the past week, every region in Michigan 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, public health officials report. Officials say research confirms that a big part of the reason is spotty compliance with the governor’s requirement, issued in prior orders, that individuals wear face coverings in public spaces.

Government officials report studies have shown that wearing a mask can save lives and significantly lover an individual’s chance of spreading COVID-19.

Under the governor’s order, businesses that are open to the public must refuse entry and service to individuals who fail to comply, and must post signs at all entrances instructing customers of their legal obligation to wear a face covering while inside. 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.

Tiffany Brown, spokesperson for Gov. Whitmer, confirmed that reports of violations by customers can be made to local police or the Attorney General's Office.

Complaints about businesses not enforcing the order can be made to the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The executive order takes effect at 12:01am on Monday, July 13. 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. No individual is subject to penalty under the order for removing a mask while engaging in religious worship at a house of religious worship, although consistent with guidance from the CDC, congregants are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings during religious services.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced Friday that masks will be required to enter of Secretary of State offices.

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(17) comments

SnowMan

Our POS dictator gov'nor can go suck start an1911. She needs to be removed BY.ANY.MEANS.NECESSARY.

Carl

Michigan.gov Coronavirus data: Confirmed cases (people testing positive) / Total Tested

POSITIVE RESULTS ARE DECREASING!!

07/06/20 0.04903036603284 4.9%

07/10/20 0.0472586260226567 4.73%

07/12/20 0.0462534245798615 4.63%

JohnWayne4595

Good! The measures we're taking are working. We need to stay vigilant, and keep doing what needs to be done to keep everybody safe!

Carl

"NEW" cases are due to more testing...Dimwhitmer shutting down Michigan's economy is NOT required.

Sayii0308

Today a mask tomorrow the mark of the beast!

Loki3640

Sorry, I will not comply, the mask doesn't help , feel good measure, not enforceable, what happen to my body, my choice? Or, is that only for those that want to abort full term babies , which is murder!

Gmgfarrand

You will comply, either by fine or by force from other citizens like me.

Stay safe with a mask, period.

SnowMan

BTW, when/if things go totally south, ya better stay inside and do not come out into public view. You WILL be reduced to nothing, your level of stupidity is astounding, how in the world do you remain alive? Oh that's right you're a fk'g lunatic-liberal, worthless as teats on a boar.

JohnWayne4595

I mean.....boar do have teats. That's how the female boar feed their piglets. Your point is a confusing one to be sure.

Staying inside when not absolutely necessary, wearing protective devices to help slow the spread, and taking basic safety precautions are necessary. It's not about anybody's political beliefs, it's about protecting what we have at all costs, and in this case, the cost is a silly piece of fabric over your face when at the store.

JohnWayne4595

It's not about your body. It's about protecting others from your body. When your rights begin to infringe upon my rights, you lose yours. Same as any other crime.

JohnWayne4595

I wish it hadn't come to this. How did something so trivial as wearing a mask to protect others become a political issue? This isn't about Republican vs Democrat, it never was, this is about saving lives. It's such a small thing to do. If you could guarantee that one fewer person could contract a disease that, even when not fatal, can alter somebody's life permanently, wouldn't you?

Every study says that wearing a mask saves lives. Please, save someone's life today.

Older Lady

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I resent any elected politician having this much authority over my everyday life. If you are worried about catching Covid then stay home and stay safe. I have limited air intake and actually cannot take a full breadth when wearing a mask. I am 85 years old and plan to live freely and fully until I die, whenever that occurs.

JohnWayne4595

I support you're living freely. But when your "living freely" endangers the lives of others, isn't it worth it to take steps to avoid doing just that? Is your "living free" worth somebody else's life?

Gmgfarrand

BS, I’ve seen people on oxygen that have been wearing masks.

If you are that frail, stay home.

Older Lady

Where is the Gov's mask in this picture! Does the Gov. wear a mask at her desk! Does she sanitize her desk off frequently! Is she "always six feet away from all other people"! I am tired of her "living" my life for me.

dyerks2000

This dictator of a so-called governor needs to look at actual data of face masks and the way this virus spreads..ALONG WITH its actual numbers and not the inflated numbers being produced for political posturing. This is a perfect example of Government overreach. Whitmer needs to be removed!

Loki3640

Agreed

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