Michigan employers must provide employees with face coverings, starting Monday

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Posted at 4:54 AM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 21:26:59-04

(WXYZ) — Per Governor Gretchen Whitmer's latest executive order, Michigan employers must provide employees with face coverings, beginning at midnight Monday.

The executive order states that any individual able to medically tolerate a face covering must wear a covering over their nose and mouth, like a homemade scarf, bandana or handkerchief when in any enclosed public space.

All businesses and operations whose workers perform in-person work must, at a minimum, provide non-medical grade face coverings to their workers.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel noted that appropriate face coverings remain in high demand and short supply, asking law enforcement to consider "good faith efforts" of businesses trying to obtain appropriate face coverings.

“I know many business owners around the state are working hard to reopen and comply with the Governor’s Executive Order. Securing appropriate face coverings by the Monday deadline, though, appears to be a difficult task for some businesses given limited supplies. Therefore, I am asking our law enforcement partners around the state to consider the good faith efforts of businesses that have tried, but have been unsuccessful, in obtaining appropriate face coverings when deciding whether to take criminal enforcement action against a non-compliant business. While businesses work diligently to find appropriate face coverings to meet the requirements of the Executive Order, I urge employees that can safely do so to use their own face coverings as protection until businesses provide face coverings as required by the Governor’s order. The Governor’s order requires that each of us – businesses and employees – work together to safely and successfully reopen our economy. We appreciate the cooperation of law enforcement, employers and employees as we strive to carefully and thoughtfully reopen our state, one step at a time.”

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