Executive Order 2020-153
Michigan Governor Whitmer signed into order the Executive Order 2020-153, which rescinds Executive Order 2020-147. Law enforcement officers are no longer required to wear masks while working
See the full executive order below.
The Executive Order 2020-153 consist of:
Acting under the Michigan Constitution of 1963 and Michigan law, I order the following:
- Any individual who leaves their home or place of residence must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth:
- When in any indoor public space;
- When outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a distance of six feet or more from individuals who are not members of their household; and
- When waiting for or riding on public transportation, while in a taxi or ride-sharing vehicle, or when using a private car service as a means of hired transportation.
- Although a face covering is strongly encouraged even for individuals not required to wear one, the requirement to wear a face-covering does not apply to individuals who:
- Are younger than five years old (and, per guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), children under the age of two should not wear a mask);
- Cannot medically tolerate a face covering;
- Are eating or drinking while seated at a food service establishment;
- Are exercising when wearing a face covering would interfere with the activity;
- Are receiving a service for which temporary removal of the face-covering is necessary;
- Are entering a business or are receiving a service and are asked to temporarily remove a face covering for identification purposes;
- Are communicating with someone who is deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing and where the ability to see the mouth is essential to communication;
- Are actively engaged in a public safety role, including but not limited to law enforcement, firefighters, or emergency medical personnel, and where wearing a mask would seriously interfere in the performance of their public safety responsibilities;
- Are at a polling place for purposes of voting in an election;
- Are officiating at a religious service; or
- Are giving a speech for broadcast or to an audience, provided that the audience is at least six feet away from the speaker.
- To protect workers, shoppers, and the community, no business, government office, or operation that is open to the public may provide service to a customer or allow a customer to enter its premises unless the customer is wearing a face covering as required by this order.
- Businesses that are open to the public must post signs at entrance(s) instructing customers of their legal obligation to wear a face-covering while inside. The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity may, in its discretion, require such businesses to post signs developed and made available by the Department, or conforming to requirements established by the Department.
- A department or agency that learns that a licensee is in violation of this section will consider whether the public health, safety, or welfare requires summary, temporary suspension of the business’s license to operate (including but not limited to a liquor license) under section 92 of the Administrative Procedures Act of 1969, 1969 PA 306, as amended, MCL 24.292(2).
- A business may not assume that someone who enters the business without a face covering falls in one of the exceptions specified in section 2 of this order, including the exception for individuals who cannot medically tolerate a face covering. A business may, however, accept a customer’s verbal representation that they are not wearing a face-covering because they fall within a specified exception.
- For purposes of this order, neither child care centers nor day, residential, travel, or troop camps, as defined by Rule 400.11101 of the Michigan Administrative Code, are considered public spaces.
- The protections against discrimination in the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, 1976 PA 453, as amended, MCL 37.2101 et seq., and any other protections against discrimination in Michigan law, apply in full force to individuals who wear a face-covering under this order.
- Nothing in this order shall be taken to abridge protections guaranteed by the state or federal constitution under these emergency circumstances, and no individual is subject to penalty under section 8 of this order for removing a mask while engaging in religious worship at a house of religious worship. Consistent with guidance from the CDC, congregants are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings during religious services.
- This order takes effect immediately and Executive Order 2020-147 is rescinded. This order also rescinds:
- The portions of Executive Orders 2020-110 and 2020-115 pertaining to face coverings; and
- Section 16 of Executive Order 2020-110 and section 12 of Executive Order 2020-115, but only to the extent they provide that failure to comply with the requirement to wear a face-covering is not a misdemeanor.
- Consistent with MCL 10.33 and MCL 30.405(3), a willful violation of this order is a misdemeanor, but no term of confinement may be imposed for a violation of section 1 of this order.
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