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Violating the Michigan Face Covering Rule

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive order 2020-147 on July 10, 2020, requiring everyone in Michigan to wear a face mask every time they are inside an indoor public space and within a crowded outdoor area. If a person refuses to wear a face covering inside a business, then staff are required to refuse entry.

If you violate the new face mask rule, you will be charged with a misdemeanor, which carries a fine of up to $500. Violating this rule will not result in jail time.

However, there are some exceptions to the rule. Children younger than five (5) years old, individuals who cannot medically tolerate a mask, and those who are eating/drinking inside a restaurant are exempt from wearing a mask inside a Michigan business. Furthermore, you are allowed to remove your mask while participating in a religious act in a place of worship.

The governor’s office says the executive order was in response to the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the state. Other states, such as Nevada, Washington, Kansas, Pennsylvania, and Main have enacted similar orders.

If you have been arrested for violating the Michigan face mask rule in Traverse City, contact Patrick S. Fragel, Attorney at Law, P.C. today to speak with our experienced attorney.