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Gov. Whitmer signs order requiring children, workers to wear masks at Michigan childcare centers, camps

Children ages 2 and older must now wear face coverings on school buses

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at her Aug. 5, 2020, coronavirus (COVID-19) briefing.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at her Aug. 5, 2020, coronavirus (COVID-19) briefing. (WDIV)

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed an executive order requiring children and workers to wear face masks at Michigan childcare centers, camps.

Executive Order 2020-164 was issued in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks at these types of locations, Whitmer said.

Health experts said there is mounting evidence that children can contract and spread the virus.

All staff members and children ages 2 and older will now have to wear face coverings on school buses and other transportation.

Staff members and children ages 4 and older have to wear face coverings in all indoor common spaces.

Staff members and children ages 12 and old have to wear face coverings in classrooms, homes, cabins and similar indoor small group settings.

Whitmer said she strongly encourages all children ages 2 and older to wear face coverings inside, though it’s not required by this executive order.


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