Whitmer calls on Trump to issue federal mask mandate, says schools won't open unless it's safe

Whitmer calls on Trump to issue federal mask mandate, says schools won't open unless it's safe
Posted at 3:18 PM, Jul 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-22 15:18:47-04

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is calling on President Donald Trump to issue a federal mask mandate.

In an op-ed published Wednesday morning in the New York Times, Whitmer said the Trump administration needs to make masks mandatory across the country to slow the increasing number of COVID-19 cases.

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"When more Americans wear a mask in public, we can save lives and put ourselves in a better position to send our children back to school in the fall," she wrote.

In the op-ed, Whitmer cites several studies showing how masks work and will save lives and lessen the impact of the coronavirus on the economy.

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She also talked about several major retailers requiring masks, which include Meijer, Wal-Mart, Kroger and more.

"The president should follow their lead and issue a federal mandate that requires masks in businesses across the country," she wrote.

Whitmer also touched on schools, reiterating that she will not send kids back to school unless it is safe.

"The president has said repeatedly that he thinks our kids should go back to school," she wrote. "But I am not sending kids and our education work force into our schools unless it is safe to do so.

"And the most effective way we can protect our students and the millions of dedicated educators across the country is to ensure we all mask up now. This can be accomplished best through a federal mandate," she added.

"The president has the chance to save tens of thousands of lives. I am hopeful that he will seize this opportunity," she wrote.

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