Michigan released details Friday night about how companies should implement the latest version of the state’s mask mandate – which takes effect at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 15.
The new mandate allows all fully vaccinated people – meaning they have been removed within two weeks of their last shot – to discard their masks in most open and closed spaces.
Businesses must make a “good faith effort”
To count as a “good faith effort”, businesses can make one of three options: Put up signs saying that unvaccinated people should still wear masks, ask customers if they have been vaccinated (or have some other exemption), or just require everyone to wear masks.
To read the full order, click here.
Other components of the health order – such as capacity constraints for different types of gatherings – remain unchanged.
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Other people exempt from wearing masks indoors include children under the age of 2, people who actively eat or drink, and those who cannot tolerate a medical mask, among other exceptions.
These changes to the mask’s mandate do not affect employees – as they must comply with Michigan’s safety and health regulations. MIOSHA’s rules have not yet been eased to allow vaccinated people to disguise themselves, but government officials have said they are considering changing those rules as well.
Some companies have already said they plan to continue requiring masks for everyone, including Meijer and Kroger.
The last state health order expires at 11:59 p.m. on May 31, but can be extended. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Friday that Michigan’s entire term will be revoked on July 1.
This move follows in the footsteps of new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, which say that vaccinated people should no longer wear masks inside.
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