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Under the Governor’s new order do I have to wear a mask every time I leave home?

Posted on April 28th, 2020

Yes and no. EEO 20-020-59, which rescinds EEO 2020-42, adds new restrictions and lifts some restrictions. Regarding wearing masks, EEO 2020-59 now requires:

¶15.  Effective April 26 at 11:59 pm:

(a)  Any individual medically able to tolerate a face covering must wear a covering over his or her nose and mouth-such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief-when in any enclosed public space.

In my opinion this means that individuals who are allowed to leave home, such as critical workers heading to their jobs, or individuals who need to obtain necessary supplies such as medicine or groceries, or individuals leaving home for outdoor recreation, MUST wear a face covering when he or she enters a public building, such as a grocery store or pharmacy. It does not have to be a medical-grade mask, in fact the EEO specifically reserves such masks for medical personnel, first-responders and other critical workers who must interact with the public. It is only required that such coverings go over the nose and mouth.

This requirement does not apply when one is outdoors, in a vehicle with members of his or her own household, or in private spaces such as one’s office, as long as the public does not have access to that office.

Unlike most provisions of this and other EEOs, failure to wear a face covering is not a crime. It is subject, however, to the April 2, 2020 Emergency Order issued by the Director of the DHHS which carries a fine of $1,000.00 for each day the EEO is violated.

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County Government

2 S. Main Street
L’Anse, MI 49946

906-524-6100

Convention & Visitors Bureau

755 E. Broad Street
L’Anse, MI 49946

906-524-7444
800-743-4908

Chamber of Commerce

1 N. Main St.
L’Anse, MI 49946

906-353-8808
800-838-1563

Economic Development

1 N. Main St.
L’Anse, MI 49946

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