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New Whitmer Executive Order requires face masks for employees, hours for at risk customers

Gretchen Whitmer at a podium

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued a new COVID-19 executive order. This order sets rules to help manage the re-opening of some businesses and recreational activities.

The new order requires retail stores to set aside special shopping hours for people over 60, pregnant women, and people with health conditions at higher risk if infected by the virus. Employees must be issued face masks. Salad bars and self-serve food stations are not allowed. People must also still remain at least six feet apart.

Whitmer says the precautions are necessary to ensure the number of known new cases continues to improve.

"We know that no one wants a second wave. It would be devastating for the health of our people and our economy,” Whitmer said.

Attorney General Dana Nessel says her office is aware that masks can be hard to get and will take into account good faith efforts to comply when enforcing the order.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.
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