DETROIT – Governor Gretchen Whitmer reiterated Thursday that residents are required to wear a mask in all enclosed public spaces.
Despite that, some people still refuse to do so and, in some cases, things have turned violent when people are called out for it.
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The order is voluntary compliance, but Whitmer said she might impose stricter mask laws amid a spike in coronavirus cases and mounting evidence that some residents aren’t taking precautions seriously.
In the event of a statewide crackdown, will law enforcement be willing to enforce the law?
For police, there are questions of willingness and of resources.
George Nikollaj, the owner of 6 Salon, put safety precautions into his salons -- temperature checks, dividers, sanitizer and everyone is offered -- and encouraged -- to wear a mask. But Nikollaj said he wants to cut hair, not be mask police.
Livingston County Sheriff Mike Murphy agrees. He said wearing a mask inside is important, but doesn’t believe with putting mask enforcement on deputies and local police.
Anyone who believes they might have coronavirus should follow the CDC guidelines. Michigan.gov has a list of resources available to those concerned about COVID-19.
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