Businesses must now enforce mask mandate

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — As Michigan works to reverse a recent rise in coronavirus cases, businesses must now deny service or entry to customers who refuse to wear a mask.

Starting Monday, businesses that don’t follow the order could lose their license.

On Monday afternoon, the state sent an emergency alert to phones across Michigan informing people of the mandate.

An emergency alert sent to Michigan residents’ phones on July 13, 2020, informing them of an executive order mandating masks in public.

Under the new rules, you must wear a mask anytime you are indoors in a public place, anytime you are outdoors in public and cannot maintain social distance and on public transit. Violators could get slapped with a misdemeanor charge and a $500 fine, though they won’t face jail time.

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In a Monday release, Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller reminded the residents of his county that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s orders “carry the weight of law” and urged everyone to follow them. He said his department will focus on educating the public to encourage voluntary compliance.

Whitmer first required masks in enclosed public places, especially grocery stores, on April 24.