Michigan COVID-19 Update
Governor Gretchen Whitmer just released a new executive order related to the coronavirus. This executive order requires businesses to deny entry and service to customers who refuse to wear a face mask. It also states face masks need to be worn in indoor spaces and crowded outdoor spaces. There are exceptions to this order, children under five do not need to wear a mask, those who for medical reasons cannot wear a mask, and those eating and drinking while seated at a restaurant. Violating this order may result in a misdemeanor and a five-hundred-dollar fine. Gov. Whitmer issued this executive order after there was an increase in the number of cases per day in Michigan. Governor Whitmer hopes it will help stop the spread, and she believes wearing masks now will allow us to reduce the spread by 70% and give us a better opportunity to return to school in the fall. Although she has no plan in moving backward on her MI Safe Start Plan, if cases continue to increase, then she will move back to phase three, the flattening phase. Moving back to phase three will mean that businesses that just reopened will have to shut down again.