Oakland County requires masks, face coverings in public after ruling

Posted at 10:20 AM, Oct 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-04 10:20:38-04

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The health department in Oakland County, Michigan's second-largest county, has issued an order requiring residents to wear masks when they leave their homes.

The move Saturday came a day after the state Supreme Court struck down a law used by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to mandate face coverings and issue sweeping restrictions to curb the coronavirus. The step also came after a Republican legislative leader declared that he opposes continuing the Democratic governor's statewide mask requirement.

Oakland County Health Officer Leigh-Anne Stafford cited her authority to take emergency steps to control an epidemic under a 1978 state law, calling it her "solemn responsibility."

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