Face coverings are required in Michigan, but Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to make it an official law.
Whitmer pointed out the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued a statewide order requiring masks or face coverings on Oct. 5, which remains in effect and carries the force of law. It was issued as an epidemic order under the state’s 1978 Public Health Code.
But Whitmer wants to take the order a step further with a bipartisan state law requiring masks or face coverings from the Republican-led Michigan Legislature. She believes that would remove some of the politics around wearing masks and encourage more people to comply.
“I think the politics of masks has gotten in the way of us all stepping up to this challenge,” Whitmer said. “It would send a powerful message about the seriousness of this moment.”