Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order mandating residents to wear masks in indoor public spaces and requiring businesses to deny service to those who don’t comply.
“The heroes on the front lines of this crisis have gone hours without taking their masks off every day — doctors, nurses, child care workers, grocery store workers. We owe it to them to wear our masks when we’re on a trip to the grocery store or pharmacy,” Whitmer said in a statement.
The new order also allows for up to a $500 fine for those who don’t abide by the mandate. Those who suffer medical conditions rendering them unable to wear masks are exempt, as are children under the age of 5.
Whitmer claimed that wearing masks can reduce the chance to spread COVID-19 by up to 70%, a sentiment that is shared by Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan’s chief medical executive.
“Wearing a mask or face covering can significantly decrease the chance of spreading COVID-19 and save lives,” Khaldun said, according to WMTV. “It’s important that all Michiganders wear masks properly — not down around the neck, not only over the mouth, but correctly over the mouth and nose. Please, everyone stay patient and remain vigilant.”
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Anyone operating a business or job site where workers are not wearing a mask can be hit with a civil lawsuit after Austin City Council members passed a resolution Thursday to mitigate the threat of the coronavirus spreading in workplaces.
Additionally, council members approved a measure that can lead to fines of up to $2,000 for anyone who violates a rule adopted by the local health authority. The rules, which are still being drafted, are expected to be consistent with orders from Gov. Greg Abbott and Mayor Steve Adler, which include a face covering requirement.
Both resolutions passed unanimously. The earliest they could go into effect would be Tuesday.
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New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio made some stunning remarks on CNN, declaring protests in the streets were perfectly acceptable while canceling other large events through September.
De Blasio joined CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Thursday evening, discussing the evolving pandemic and policy response by City Hall to mitigate the spread in the city. He said social justice warriors were too important after months of protests have yet produced an outbreak in cases.
“This is a historic moment of change. We have to respect that but also say to people the kinds of gatherings we’re used to, the parades, the fairs — we just can’t have that while we’re focusing on health right now,” de Blasio told Blitzer.
Blitzer then asks: What about protests?
De Blasio responds: “This is a historic moment. We have to respect that.”
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Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves is mandating masks and limiting social gatherings by early next week in Harrison, Jackson and 11 other counties with high spread of COVID-19, he said at his regular news conference Thursday afternoon.
Reeves said his executive order will be coming shortly.
He said masks must be worn in these counties in “all shopping environments” and at social gatherings. Social gatherings in the counties will be limited to 10 indoors and 20 outdoors.
Counties on the list have had 200 new cases within 14 days, or an average of 500 cases per 100,000 people.
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Things in Hong Kong have rapidly gone straight Orwellian very quickly after the July 1 enactment of the new national security law.
As we detailed this week activists are busy scrubbing their digital footprints, including deleting social media profiles and chat histories, given authorities can reportedly pry citizens’ online communications from internet companies without a warrant under the law.
But it’s not just college-age and ‘professional demonstrators’ and pro-independence organizers that have to worry, as now even schools have been ordered to review textual content in books. This means teachers and young students are coming under threat if they don’t visibly and “positively” conform.
Hong Kong’s Education Bureau this week announced that schools must review their own long in use education material, including books in classrooms and on library shelves, to ensure that no content which violates the law is present.
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Bad news to those who fled big city unrest for the suburbs: Joe Biden wants to permanently alter suburbs under a new housing program that would restrict single-family homes.
America’s suburbs would end as you know them under the Obama-era Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing regulations that Biden would supercharge if he wins the White House.
We already know what this program under Biden would entail, thanks to a Democratic lawmaker who proposed restricting single-family homes in Virginia by allowing multi-family houses built on the same-sized lots.
“Once Biden starts to enforce AFFH the way Obama’s administration originally meant it to work, it will be as if America’s suburbs had been swallowed up by the cities they surround,” reported National Review’s Stanley Kurtz. “They will lose control of their own zoning and development, they will be pressured into a kind of de facto regional-revenue redistribution, and they will even be forced to start building high-density, low-income housing.”
“The latter, of course, will require the elimination of single-family zoning. With that, the basic character of the suburbs will disappear.”
Americans who live in 20 states — over one third of the country — should not be traveling right now, according to the Harvard Global Health Institute’s risk-assessment map, which shows a growing number of states surpassing the thresholds for allowing non-essential travel.
According to CDC guidelines, you should reconsider traveling if COVID-19 is spreading where you live. “Even if you don’t have symptoms, you can spread COVID-19 to others while traveling,” says the CDC’s travel page.
The HGHI’s color-coded map provides a simple way for Americans to assess that risk. Each state has a rating of green, yellow, orange or red, based upon the number of new daily cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people over a seven-day rolling average. The tool also lets you drill down to the county level.
An attorney for Brooks County, Texas, says people who test positive for coronavirus need to stay home, or they can be arrested.
Brooks County attorney David Garcia made the announcement to local media after receiving complaints from citizen snitches they’d seen people who tested positive shopping at local stores.
“If you’re going to go out and endanger other people, and we find out about it, we will prosecute you,” Garcia told KIII TV.
Australian officials have reissued stay-at-home orders for the 5 million residents of Melbourne amid a sudden spike in cases of COVID-19 in the area. The border between Australia’s most populous states will close.
Officials issued a six-week stay-at-home order on Tuesday to Melbourne, Australia’s second-most populous city.
The lockdown went into place hours before the border between the state of Victoria, of which Melbourne is the capital, and New South Wales (NSW) was due to close.
Victoria reported 191 new cases of the coronavirus between Monday and Tuesday, its biggest spike since the outbreak began.