LANSING, Mich. — The health department in Michigan’s second-largest county has issued an order requiring residents to wear masks when they leave their homes.
The move Saturday came a day after the state Supreme Court struck down a law used by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to mandate face coverings and issue sweeping restrictions to curb the coronavirus.
The step also came after a Republican legislative leader declared that he opposes continuing the Democratic governor’s statewide mask requirement.
Oakland County Health Officer Leigh-Anne Stafford cited her authority to take emergency steps to control an epidemic under a 1978 state law, calling it her “solemn responsibility."