“The state also has failed to fulfill its own well-documented commitments to the federal government and the public.”
MICHIGAN — Just days after the Michigan Supreme Court shot down Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive powers, the head of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued his own emergency order.
MDHHS Director Robert Gordon on Monday issued an emergency order restricting gathering sizes, requiring face coverings in public spaces and places limitations on bars and other venues.
The order relies on authorities that were first enacted after the Spanish Flu of 1918, and that were not at issue in the Michigan Supreme Court’s decision, the MDHHS said.
“The epidemic order that Director Gordon issued today is an important step to protect Michiganders across the state from the spread of COVID-19. Let’s all mask up and stay safe.”
Under MCL 333.2253, if the MDHHS director determines that control of an epidemic is necessary to protect the public health, the director by emergency order may prohibit the gathering of people