Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer has urged her state's legislature to pass a law requiring people to wear masks both indoors and in crowded outdoor areas.
Whitmer calls for a law that requires masks
According to the Detroit Free Press, Whitmer sent a letter to Republican lawmakers this week asking them to pass the bill.
“This is the law under epidemic orders. However, we believe that it would be beneficial to our health, safety and economy if it were codified in a non-partisan way (in legislation), and so we asked, ”said Whitmer. "We have long known that the most important weapon we have against this virus is the simple task of wearing a mask."
Although she said this law would force the people of Michigan to take this situation seriously, she admitted that everyone is sick of the coronavirus.
“We're all fed up with dealing with COVID. Yet ignoring the problem makes it worse, ”said Whitmer. “I think fatigue is part of it. I think the political rhetoric has created a lot of confusion and unnecessary suspicion about the effectiveness of masks. However, studies have shown that this is the best tool we have. "
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The Democrat went on to say that state health and labor officials are also "scrutinizing" teleworking policies, particularly for employers who require workers to work locally. She also warned that the state could cite employers, request changes and impose fines of up to $ 7,000.
Whitmer has become known in the past few months for imposing some of the toughest COVID-19 restrictions on her state anywhere in the nation. Despite their best efforts, Michigan just recorded its highest number of cases since the pandemic began: 5,710. This has brought the total number of cases in the state to over 197,800.
“We need to get politics out of the public health crisis. It's killing us, ”said Whitmer on Thursday. “It threatens our economy… today a mask is the most important tool we have. And each of us has an interest in masking ourselves. "
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This piece was written by James Samson on November 6th, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used with permission.
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