Masks Now Required in All Indoor and Some Outdoor Public Spaces

By Noah C. Hagan posted 07-13-2020 12:02


On July 10, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued Mich Exec Order No 2020-147, requiring all individuals to wear masks covering their nose and mouth while in any indoor public space, when outdoors and not able to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others, and when using public transportation. The requirements applicable to individuals are effective immediately.

Exceptions include children under five years old and people who cannot medically tolerate a face covering. In addition, individuals eating or drinking while seated at a food service establishment are not required to wear a mask.

Businesses must require customers to wear masks while on the business’s premises. Business must also post signs informing customers of their legal obligation to wear a mask. In addition,

[a] department or agency that learns that a licensee is in violation of this section will consider whether the public health, safety or welfare requires summary, temporary suspension of the business’s license to operate (including but not limited to a liquor license) under section 92 of the Administrative Procedures Act of 1969, 1969 PA 306, as amended, MCL 24.292(2).

For businesses, this order is effective at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, July 13.