Whitmer requires masks at childcare centers and camps

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    Children and staff at childcare centers and camps must wear a face mask at all times when indoors under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s latest executive order. 

    Executive Order 2020-164 requires all staff and children ages 2 and up to wear a face covering on a school bus or other transportation, all staff and children ages 4 and up must wear a face covering in all indoor common spaces and all staff and children 12 and older are required to wear a face covering when in classrooms, homes, cabins or similar indoor small-group settings. 

    “Childcare workers have been on the front lines of this crisis and have worked tirelessly to provide a safe place for our children and families during this time,” Whitmer said in a statement Thursday. “COVID-19 is still a very real threat to Michiganders of all ages, and we must continue to stay vigilant and use every tool at our disposal to protect ourselves and each other.” 

    If a childcare center is located in a region in Phase 5 of the MI Safe Start Plan, which is currently only the Upper Peninsula and the Traverse City regions, face coverings are not required, but are still strongly recommended. 

    Face coverings are not required for anyone who cannot medically tolerate it, during meal time, while swimming, during high-intensity activities, outside while physically distanced or if a child is under the age of 2.

    Allison Donahue
    Allison Donahue covers education, women's issues and LGBTQ issues. Previously, she was a suburbs reporter at the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minn., covering local education and government. As a graduate of Grand Valley State University, she has previous experience as a freelance researcher for USA Today and an intern with WOOD TV-8. When she is away from her desk, she spends her time going to concerts, comedy shows or getting lost on hikes in different places around the world.