ALPENA, Mich.— Grabbing your car keys, cell phone and now wearing a face mask is apart of our new daily routine. Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s latest executive order requires residents to wear a face covering when entering an indoor public space.
This comes after a recent spike in COVID–19 cases in Michigan especially in smaller counties like Alpena. According to District Health Department No.4 , Alpena has 111 positive cases as of July 14th.
To help stop that number from rising, the order also mandates businesses to refuse entry and service to customers not abiding. Local authorities are required to enforce the new rule and to penalize those who do not comply with a $500 fine.
The executive order does not have a set date to expire, but the Governor says, “Wearing a mask is a way of life for now.”