Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Signs Sweeping Mask Order Threatening Violators With $500 Fine

Michigan’s Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Friday that goes into effect Monday mandating face masks in public indoor and crowded outdoor spaces. It introduces a misdemeanor charge with a $500 fine for violators who refuse.

“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 press release. “For the sake of your loved ones, let’s all mask up.”

Whitmer’s office cited a German study finding that government mask mandates reduced transmission of the Chinese virus by 40 percent.

“Michigan’s fight against COVID-19 is nowhere near over, which is why it’s so important that we all do our part and wear masks when we’re out in public,” Chief Medical Executive and Department of Health and Human Services Chief Deputy for Health Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said in the press release. “Wearing a mask or face covering can significantly decrease the chance of spreading COVID-19 and save lives. 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.”

Under Whitmer’s new order, businesses must refuse service to those not properly wearing a mask or be subject to harsh penalties, including license revocation. The few exceptions include children under 5 years old and those with medical conditions that prohibit face coverings. It also excepts people eating or drinking at restaurants.

The Michigan Retailers Association criticized the order, however, as “impossible” to enforce based on vague exemptions.

“Determining the validity of an ambiguous exemption is an impossible task for a retailer,” the group said Friday. “And now, even retailers acting in good faith could be subject to severe licensing sanctions based on the actions of non-compliant customers.”

At the height of the lockdowns several months ago, Whitmer became a heroic dictatorial figure on the left for imposing the strictest stay-home orders in the country that barred residential travel in addition to sales of paint and gardening seeds, the latter of which are used in a socially distant manner.

The progressive midwestern governor’s orders prompted several lawsuits and even calls for removal.

Whitmer is now also reportedly on the vice presidential short-list to run with presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden this fall.

via thefederalist

6 comments

  1. She’s a power hungry idiot! How will it be enforced? Call the police? Citizens arrest? Undue responsibility being put on retailers who are trying to survive here in Michigan as it is.
    Real science says virus is so tiny, it goes right through face masks. Be honest. But if one has the false assumption they’re safe, wear a mask. Bet they like kool-aid, too.

    1. It’s “virtue-signaling” to all the others who also worship at the alter of Marxist Socialism.
      They all live in a world of make-believe.
      They believe “in truth over facts” remember?

      Science does suggest wearing a mask outside offers ‘little protection’ and quite possibly detrimental. Only those ‘affected’ should consider wearing a mask indoors; to protect others.

      Wearing a mask PROLONGS the contagion. It hampers “herd-immunity” — which is the VERY LAST thing Witless wants. Having ‘COVID’ ammo in the weeks before the election is a very much-desired tool of the demonrats (Vote-by-mail) (Cancel the debates).

  2. Hey Wretched Grethen, Nazi Germany is looking for a new Chancellor, why don’t you apply!! Michigan doesn’t. nor did they ever, want you. You stole the election, so you could turn us into Nazi Germany 2.0

  3. “Witless” Whitmer must understand she stands no chance in hell of getting re-elected, or of becoming Biden’s VP; so she’s going to make a name for herself as the worst Governor in the state’s history.

    She will be remembered, that’s for sure. Although historians may have a hard time coming up with “decent” words to describe her. . .

    1. The WHO and CDC both have public statements about MASKS. There is no evidence that suggests wearing one at any time does much good. Especially a MATERIAL covering like a bandana. The coronavirus is too small, and can pass through any type of mask. The asymptomatic do not “expel” or ‘shed’ virus any more or differently than the really sick do simply from breathing. Only forceful coughing sheds the virus (from clinical lab studies — on the CDC website). Children do not get the virus like adults do, and are not the carriers everyone thought they were when all the “experts” closed all the schools. (Turns out the schools were all shut down because of the unions.)

      Everyone who is mandating or screaming about mask wearing is doing so without any evidence for their requirements. It is simply because they’re chicken-littles, who constantly think the sky is falling; or they are a perpetual victim of something, and they want everyone to notice them and pander to their whimpering. They don’t want to be made to feel silly for freaking out about nothing.

      Expecting any mask to stop a corona-class virus is like using a chain-link fence to catch a mosquito.

      The elected leaders and big business who are mandating masks are only doing so because it is a power-trip, and a way to control the virus so it will be around longer. Wearing a mask, like staying indoors delays herd-immunity. The demonrats NEED the virus controls to help them in November.

      Only the sick should wear any type of mask to protect OTHERS. Obviously-well people and children should not be expected to wear masks.

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