(WXYZ) — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has announced they are instituting restrictions on gathering sizes, requiring face coverings in public spaces, and placing limitations on bars and other venues in Michigan.
The orders reinstitute a number of measures that were in place under executive orders put into place by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Those orders were ruled invalid by the Michigan Supreme Court on Friday. Governor Whitmer has asked the court for clarification on when their decision goes into effect.
Today’s Emergency Orders by MDHHS are put into place under a Michigan law that was enacted after the Spanish Flu epidemic in 1918, which was not at issue in the Supreme Court’s decision. It allows the Director of MDHHS to protect public health by prohibiting gatherings and establishing procedures during an epidemic.
Any violation is a misdemeanor, punishable by six months in jail or a $200 fine.