After a landmark Michigan Supreme Court ruling, Oakland County officials on Saturday issued – and then on Monday rescinded – a local health order that requires residents to wear facial coverings.
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Robert Gordon on Monday issued an Emergency Order restricting gathering sizes, requiring face coverings in public spaces, and placing limitations on bars and other venues. That order supersedes the local order, county officials said.
The split court decision regarding a 1945 law giving governors emergency powers to make decisions without legislative approval likely voids any Executive Orders issued after April 30, the last date on which the legislature agreed to extend the powers. Under Michigan law, health officials are empowered to issue orders to control an epidemic.
The state order, which remains in effect through October 30, reinstates the bulk of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Orders by requiring masks at indoor and outdoor gatherings, in businesses, in government offices, and in schools, and limiting the size of indoor and outdoor gatherings, as well as capacity of indoor venues.
The order requires bars to close indoor common areas, and indoor gatherings are prohibited anywhere alcoholic beverages are sold.