By Matt Christopherson

LANSING, Mich. (CBS Detroit/ AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced on Friday that businesses must deny service or entry if customers refuse to wear masks.

The governor also expanded where people must have a face-covering beyond indoor public spaces. Starting immediately, they have to wear one outdoors if they cannot consistently keep 6 feet from non-household members, and while using public transportation, a taxi or a ride-sharing vehicle — with some exceptions.

Violators will now receive a misdemeanor fine but will not face jail time.

“No shirts, no shoes, no mask — no service,” Whitmer wrote in an order.

Businesses must comply beginning Monday or risk losing their license.

Face coverings can reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19, she said. She pointed to “stalled” progress in suppressing the virus — cases have risen again in Michigan — and contended that spotty compliance with her monthslong mask requirement is a “big part of the reason.”

“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,” she said in a statement.

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Comments (2)
  1. L Chadfield, DO says:

    We are each a part of the problem or a part of the solution. A mask that does not cover the mouth and nose is the same as not wearing a mask! Covering only the mouth or wearing a mask under the chin and claiming to be ‘wearing a mask’ contributes to the pandemic and economic crises.

  2. Mr. Bill P says:

    No one from any political party, or in the press, is discussing how this all ends. Is our strategy to hide from the virus with the hope they will find a vaccine (Canada’s approach?) or to gain herd immunity (Sweden’s approach) ? At the current rate herd immunity is 3 years away. Herd immunity only takes longer if the infection rate is slow. In my opinion the right answer is to speed up the infection rate to just below our hospital capacity.

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