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The governor unveiled a new TV ad in which Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo and other sports figures urge Michigan residents to mask up, July 15, 2020.

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The leader of Michigan’s health department issued a sweeping order Friday that largely mirrors statewide mandates previously levied by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The newly instituted order requires masks at any public gathering with two or more people — including sporting events and schools — for much of the state and maintains restrictions on the number of people who may enter stores or restaurants. Unlike under Whitmer’s orders, bars are now allowed to operate but they may only serve alcohol to people who are sitting down and six feet apart. 

Robert Gordon, director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, addresses lawmaker questions on August 13, 2020. (Photo: