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Here's who is exempt from the new order strengthening mask requirements in Michigan

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Posted at 11:27 AM, Jul 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-11 14:21:39-04

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order strengthening Michigan's mask requirement on Friday.

Related: Whitmer signs order requiring people to wear masks in all indoor spaces, crowded outdoor areas
Related: Those who violate mask order in Michigan could get a $500 fine

The order, which goes into effect immediately for individuals, requires people to wear masks in indoor public spaces and in crowded outdoor areas.

For businesses, the order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, July 13.

It also requires businesses that are open to the public to refuse service to those people who aren't wearing masks.

There are some people and situations that are exempt from the new requirements.

Those include:

  • Kids 5 younger than 5 years old
  • Those who can't medically tolerate a face mask
  • Those eating or drinking while seated at a restaurant

People who willfully violate the order are subject to a $500 misdemeanor fine.

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