Title 42, the Law Removing Haitians From U.S. Border
As thousands of Haitian migrants have crowded the U.S.-Mexico border in recent weeks, the administration of President Joe Biden has relied on his predecessor’s policy from early in the pandemic to detain and deport them back to their home country. The policy rests on a decades-old public health law known as Title 42. Former President Donald Trump drew criticism for dusting it off in 2020, and Biden is facing the same hard questions now.washingtonpost.com
Judge delays state awarding marijuana retail licenses until he rules on lawsuit challenging the process, but lottery will go on today
On the verge of a lottery to award new cannabis business licenses in Illinois, a judge has ordered that no new cannabis retail licenses may be awarded in Illinois until he rules on a challenge to the state’s licensing process.chicagotribune.com
US says order coming this week on border asylum restrictions
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will issue an order this week about how migrant children are treated under a public health order that has prevented people from seeking asylum at the nation's borders, a Justice Department attorney said Tuesday. The comment by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Stoltz at a court hearing in Fort Worth, Texas, may be the strongest indication to date that changes are imminent on the last major Trump-era restrictions on asylum at the border. Stoltz told a federal judge that the CDC will release “a new order on the subject of the children” by the end of the week.news.yahoo.com
3 Ways to organize your entryway
The entryway is the first thing you see when you walk in, it sets the tone for the whole house. Create a “Drop Zone”Like I mentioned, the first thing I do when I walk in is drop everything, and that is a habit not likely to change. Sections of the drop zone can include things like keys, mail, masks, and maybe seasonal items like sunglasses or hats and gloves. AdConsider who can reach whatIf you have kids living at your house, they are going to be able to reach different things than you are. Put things you need and grab often at around shoulder height, easy to grasp.
Texas attorney general threatens to sue Austin officials if they don't lift local mask mandates
Texas' attorney general on Wednesday threatened to sue officials in Austin and Travis County if they did not lift local mask mandates. The governor's executive order, which took effect Wednesday, also lifted capacity restrictions on the state's businesses. It allowed local officials to impose "mitigation strategies" if hospitalizations surge, but banned them from punishing residents who defy mask guidance and from limiting business capacity to less than 50%. He addressed the letter to Travis County Judge Andy Brown and Austin Mayor Steve Adler, both of whom have said local mask mandates will remain in effect. "It does not rest with jurisdictions like the City of Austin or Travis County or their local health authorities.cbsnews.com
Texas attorney general threatens to sue Austin officials if they don't lift local mask mandates
Texas' attorney general on Wednesday threatened to sue officials in Austin and Travis County if they did not lift local mask mandates. The governor's executive order, which took effect Wednesday, also lifted capacity restrictions on the state's businesses. He addressed the letter to Travis County Judge Andy Brown and Austin Mayor Steve Adler, both of whom have said local mask mandates will remain in effect. "It does not rest with jurisdictions like the City of Austin or Travis County or their local health authorities. pic.twitter.com/IP9UpZPplh — Texas Attorney General (@TXAG) March 10, 2021Abbott's executive order drew immediate criticism after it was announced.cbsnews.com
Alabama governor extending face mask mandate until April
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday extended her statewide mask order until April 9, but said the order would not be implemented afterward. Ivey said the order will give residents more time to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and allow businesses to implement their own face mask policies. "Even when we lift the mask order, I will continue to wear my mask while I'm around others and strongly urge my fellow citizens to use common sense and do the same thing," she said. The governor's announcement comes after Texas and Mississippi lifted mask requirements and eased COVID-19 restrictions. "I think it's a big mistake," the president told reporters.cbsnews.com
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot changes police video release rules in response to Anjanette Young raid
Under the new order, which will take effect March 7, people who have made complaints with the Civilian Office of Police Accountability about an incident and request copies of video and audio should in many cases be able to get them within 30 days.chicagotribune.com
Wisconsin Assembly halts vote on repeal of mask mandate
Tony Evers' mask mandate, a move that would jeopardize more than $49 million in federal food assistance. AdVos said he thought that bill would solve the problem, but wanted to make sure before scheduling the mask mandate repeal for a vote. Wisconsin has had a statewide mask mandate since August. More than 40 public health organizations, as well as state and local health officials, urged the Legislature to reconsider the vote. Also on Thursday, the Assembly passed a bill that would require immediately prioritizing the vaccination of everyone over age 60.
Michigan COVID restrictions in effect through Dec. 20: What to know
Michigan’s COVID restrictions will remain as is for at least another 12 days, the governor and state health officials announced Monday, Dec. 7. Now the order remains in effect through Sunday, Dec. 20. Upon completion of this most recent Order, restaurant dining rooms will have been closed for 118 days, nearly one-third of the calendar year. — Grant Hermes (@GrantHermes) December 7, 2020Related: Gretchen Whitmer seeks $100m stimulus to aid Michigan economyFace mask requirementUnder this MDHHS epidemic order, all persons participating in gatherings are required to wear a face mask. Again, this order first went into effect on Nov. 18, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., at which time the October 29, 2020, order entitled Gatherings and Face Mask Order is rescinded, the state says.
Washtenaw County to close non-essential services starting Wednesday
ANN ARBOR – Starting Wednesday, the Washtenaw County government will be closing its non-essential services in compliance with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services' order that all offices that have the ability to work remotely should do so for a period of three weeks in order to curb the spread of COVID-19. “We are still in the midst of a global pandemic," Washtenaw County Administrator Gregory Dill said in a message to county staff on Monday. “Washtenaw County is following the lead of our governor and of our state and local health departments," Jason Morgan, Chair of the Board of Commissioners said in a statement. When we all work together, Washtenaw County wins. Not forever, but for now, so that we can help reduce the upward trend of positive Covid-19 cases in our county, in Michigan and all over the country.”Related reading:
No one fined for violating Chicago’s travel order so far
The order, which now covers travel to most of the U.S.‚ is generally not being enforced aside from signs and billboards telling people that they must self-quarantine. There are no plans to add checkpoints at airports or other passages into the city to crack down on travelers’ statuses, Buchanan said. But violators are subject to fines of $100 to $500 per day, up to $7,000.chicagotribune.com
Wisconsin judge reimposes Gov. Tony Evers' coronavirus order limiting bar, restaurant capacity
The capacity limits order was issued Oct. 6 by Andrea Palm, secretary of the state Department of Health Services, in the face of surging coronavirus cases in Wisconsin. A judge on Oct. 14 blocked the order after it was challenged by the Tavern League of Wisconsin, which argued it amounted to a “defacto closure” order for the bars and restaurants it represents.chicagotribune.com
Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what happened Oct. 10-11 with COVID-19 in the Chicago area
But sensitive lab tests — like the PCR test cited in the doctor’s statements — detect virus in swab samples taken from the nose and throat. Some medical experts had been skeptical that Trump could be declared free of the risk of transmitting the virus so early in the course of his illness. Just 10 days since an initial diagnosis of infection, there was no way to know for certain that someone was no longer contagious, they said.chicagotribune.com
Outdoor visits allowed at Michigan nursing homes starting today: What to know
LANSING, Mich. – Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities in Michigan can start seeing visitors outdoors Tuesday as a new order goes into effect. An order signed last week by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will allow an exception to Gov. The new order, which goes into effect Tuesday (Sept. 15), will allow outdoor visitation as long as certain COVID-19 safety guidelines are followed. “The Michigan Long Term Care Ombudsman Program welcomes this cautious step forward to allow outdoor visits with residents of long-term care facilities,” said Salli Pung, the program ombudsman. MDHHS previously eased visitation restrictions for residential care facilities in an emergency order issued June 30.
Why are Michigan student athletes mandated to wear masks?
DETROIT – In a press conference Thursday, Local 4′s Rod Meloni asked what information was being used to support the determination that masks would be required for student athletes on the field. It’s important to change out masks for a fresh one when sensible, or to use a fabric that wicks moisture and dries quickly. Executive Order 180 requires face coverings to be worn by student athletes when actively participating, except during cross country, golf, tennis, swimming and diving. This includes all times during active participation and all times during non-active participation when six feet of physical distance cannot be maintained. Face coverings must be worn by coaches, medical staff, game event staff, members of the media and spectators.
Michigan players, coaches, parents navigate masks during sports mandate
GROSSE POINTE, Mich. – With fall sports back on track, players and coaches are adjusting to wearing masks while playing after an Executive Order mandated masks be worn during play. Gretchen Whitmer almost a week after she allowed contact sports to resume practices this week and games starting next week. Maccagone said his biggest issue was what to do with his mouth guard, which attaches to his helmet face mask. In response to the mask mandate, members of the group, Let Them Play, started a petition, calling the masks during play “incredibly dangerous” and want the order removed. Whitmer took questions Thursday about the mask order including which science she was using to back up the order.
Michigan’s top court wants more briefs on governor’s powers
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Supreme Court wants more information after listening to hours of arguments over Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s sweeping use of authority during the coronavirus pandemic. The Supreme Court ordered lawyers to address by Sept. 16 whether “public safety” in the law “encompasses ‘public health’ events such as epidemics.” The court also wants input about how the law fits in the context of public health. The law doesn't include the word “health.”The order came after the court listened to arguments Wednesday. Republicans who control the Legislature argue that Whitmer, a Democrat, should consult with them when considering whether to extend emergencies, under a 1976 law.
Michigan sports face mask order -- a closer look at it
The face covering rules for athletes playing organized sports during the coronavirus pandemic in Michigan needed some clarification. Ice rinks have been issuing their own face mask rules now that they are allowed to reopen for organized sports. Previous mask orders in MichiganExecutive Order 2020-147 reiterates that individuals are required to wear a face covering whenever they are in an indoor public space. Executive Order 2020-164 requires children and workers to wear face masks at Michigan childcare centers, camps and schools. All staff members and children ages 2 and older have to wear face coverings on school buses and other transportation.
Michigan stay-at-home order timeline: 70 days, 4 extensions, ever-changing restrictions
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order was lifted Monday after 70 days. She issued the initial restrictions during the early stages of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and adjusted them several times along the way.
Livonia reopens school playgrounds, Dog Park after Michigan stay home order lifted
LIVONIA, Mich. – The city of Livonia is reopening its school playgrounds starting Tuesday, a day after the Michigan governor lifted the state’s stay-at-home order. The playgrounds and track and field areas at Livonia Public Schools have been closed for two months since the coronavirus pandemic hit the region. The city of Livonia alone has seen more than 800 COVID-19 cases and 155 deaths related to the virus. Thanks so much for your patience while our school playgrounds and tracks were temporarily closed during the governor's stay-at-home order. — Livonia Schools (@LivoniaDistrict) June 2, 2020The city also announced it will open the Dog Park at Bicentennial Park on Tuesday.
Michigan order extends validity of personal protection orders (PPOs) during COVID-19 pandemic
Gretchen Whitmer has signed Executive Order 2020-63, which extends validity of existing personal protection orders that would otherwise expire during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Whitmer’s order coincides with a Michigan Supreme Court administrative order extending the validity of personal protection orders until 90 days after Michigan’s emergency declaration is lifted. “Michiganders who file for personal protection orders due to threats, stalking, and abuse should have peace of mind in their homes during the ongoing health crisis,” Governor Whitmer said. “By extending the expiration of existing personal protection orders, we are helping secure the safety of vulnerable residents as we continue to flatten the curve and plan for Michigan’s resurgence.”Whitmer’s order requires law enforcement agencies to extend the validity of personal protection orders to July 21, 2020. Related: New Michigan order aims to protect grocery store customers, employees amid coronavirus pandemic
Michigan governor issues order aimed at helping flow of supplies, key medical workers into state
A new executive order from Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is aimed at making it easier for emergency medical supplies, sanitary supplies and key personnel to flow into the state during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Whitmer has signed Executive Order 2020-40, which waives International Fuel Tax Association (IFTA) credentialing requirements. Whitmer’s office said the pandemic created a steep and immediate demand for certain essential supplies, equipment and personnel, and has made it harder for state agencies and departments to conduct business as usual — including credentialing motor carriers. People necessary to provide other medical or emergency servicesThis executive order is effective immediately and continues through May 5, 2020.
Michigan governor now ordering veterinarians to minimize use of PPEs
Gretchen Whitmer is directing veterinary services that use personal protective equipment (PPE) to minimize their use as much as possible to ensure availability of PPE for health care workers. The order prohibits all non-essential veterinary procedures starting on April 2, 2020, and encourages veterinarians and veterinary technicians to practice telemedicine as much as possible to slow the spread of COVID-19. And now it directs vets that use PPEs to minimize their use as much as possible to ensure availability of PPE for health care workers. “We are working every day to make sure our health care workers have the supplies they need to fight COVID-19,” said Whitmer. “We must all continue to work together to secure more personal protective equipment so we can slow the spread of the virus.