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Governor Whitmer Issues New Face Mask Executive Order – What You Need to Know

Thursday, July 16, 2020

In a move to slow a steady uptick in recent COVID-19 cases around the state, Governor Whitmer earlier this week signed executive order 2020-147, requiring individuals to wear masks whenever they are in an indoor public space or a crowded outdoor space.

Additionally—and most significantly—the onus for enforcement now rests on business owners. In addition to posting signage at all entrances reminding customers of the requirement to wear an appropriate face covering, businesses must now also refuse entry and service to any who fail to comply with the order.

However, there are limited exceptions. Those exempt from the face mask requirement are people younger than five years old, those eating or drinking while seated at a food service establishment, and those who cannot medically tolerate a mask.

As far as the last exemption is concerned, the executive order does not require Michiganders with chronic or other conditions to obtain a physician’s note granting them the exemption. 

The EO took effect earlier this week on Monday, July 13. Failure to comply is a misdemeanor subject to $500 penalty fee.