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In the wake of a recent rise in COVID-19 cases, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a new Executive Order requiring businesses to refuse entry to individuals not wearing a face covering, with limited exceptions. It also requires masks be worn in crowded outdoor spaces.

Executive Order 2020-147 takes effect on July 13. Willful violation of the order is a misdemeanor carrying a $500 fine. No jail time can be imposed.

“Masks can reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19 by about 70 percent,” Whitmer said.

The order reiterates masks must be worn in any indoor public places. It adds businesses open to the public are required to post signs at all entrances regarding the legal obligation to wear a mask and must refuse entry and service to those who refuse to wear a face covering.

Masks are also now required outdoors when individuals not from the same household cannot maintain six-foot distance between them. The order requires face coverings when waiting for or riding on public transportation, in a taxi or ridesharing vehicle, and inside a private car as hired transportation.

Some exceptions include: children younger than five; those who cannot medically tolerate a face covering; and people eating or drinking while seated inside a food service establishment. Those engaging in religious worship are not subject to this order, however, according to a press release from the Governor’s office, CDC guidelines strongly encourage wearing face coverings during religious services.