Michigan Gov. Whitmer expands mask mandate to young children

Michigan has been one of the hardest-hit states by COVID-19, despite strict measures from Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer intended to curb the disease’s spread.

Oblivious to the possibility that those strict mitigation efforts have had little to no impact in slowing the pandemic, Gov. Whitmer doubled down with an expansion last week that includes a new mandate requiring children from ages 2 to 4 to wear face masks at all times in public, Breitbart reported.

This comes even as it has been understood since nearly the start of the pandemic that children, particularly young ones, are at very little risk of contracting or spreading the disease at all.

Nevertheless, Gov. Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) have issued the expanded and strengthened COVID-19 restrictions in response to yet another surge in new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths from the viral contagion.

Mask mandate for children age 2 to 4

News of the mask mandate now applying to children as young as 2 years old was reportedly first shared by Michigan Capitol Confidential, which noted that previous COVID-19 restrictions and mask mandates had exempted children under the age of 5.

Now, however, according to an order issued on April 16 by MDHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel, and with regard to any “child care organization or camp,” gatherings of more than two individuals from more than one household are prohibited unless masks are worn at all times by staff, children over the age of 5, and “a good faith effort is made to ensure that children aged 2 to 4 years wear a mask when participating in gatherings.”

Children younger than the age of 2 remain exempt from the newly expanded face mask mandate for little kids, which will take effect on April 26 and be enforced — under penalty of law for individuals deemed responsible for the children — until May 25, unless, of course, it is extended once again, as all of the other restrictions have been for the past year.

Whitmer blames GOP and Trump

As for the spike in new COVID-19 cases despite the incredibly strict mitigation protocols that have been and continue to be in place, Gov. Whitmer recently blamed that on the Republican-controlled Michigan legislature, as well as former President Donald Trump, according to Breitbart.

In an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, the liberal host asked the governor if she had the “political ability” to order an even stricter two-week lockdown to “break the back” of the viral spread in her state.

“Well, I was sued by the Republican legislature here in Michigan, and I lost in the Supreme Court — it was a Republican-dominated Supreme Court — I lost some of those executive powers,” Whitmer reportedly said. “We do retain some powers, but we are so incredibly divided after, I think, the politics of the last 14 months.”

“So it is a very difficult moment, where I’m still trying to get the legislature to just deploy resources that the Trump administration sent us,” she continued. “So what might seem like a natural thing to do is much more complicated than what the CDC might suggest when you look at the reality here on the ground.”

The governor added: “But we do have some of the strongest protocols in place and if people would double down on it and make their vaccination appointment, we’ll get through this.”

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  1. What about the humanitarian crisis going on at the border. 1000s let go with no covid tests all over the Sovereign country of the United States. You and the rest of your parties Marxists have lost all credibility. So may I suggest stop lecturing law abiding Americans.

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  3. Look at every big blue state all in common, they have clueless and incompetent governors! Look at Florida and other red states, a whole lot better for their citizens ! More ref state snd blue should notify Biden they are not taking in illegals because the cost of them! In fact illegals should move to NY heard they are giving $15,000 and they still wi get all the goodies Biden has told them they will get! Difference they will not get the murderers. Rapists, thugs and gang 13 thugs!

  4. Based on what medical reason? Time for change of leadership for most of the Democrats, abuse of power with the low IQ goes right to their power grab heads. Have a recall .

  5. This is a test before they tell you to get on the train because they have a wonderful place prepared for you

  6. Get real Whitmer life is short enough without you continuing to make bad decisions after bad decisions. I fear for the family I have in Michigan. Maybe I can get them to move south.

  7. This governor is a piece of work. She is out of control. Children under the age of five are not going to understand the reasons why they have to wear them… number one. Number two is the fact that they will fight having that thing on. Finally, number three, you’ll have a lot of temper tantrums and defiance in the public place that they are in. Does this woman have kidS?. Oi! She thinks she’s some queen ordering the people around. People are going to retaliate. I walked through a store with no mask. I just didn’t want to. Nobody said a word to me. Enough is enough. It’s time to move on. Shots are a personal decision. It’s our body. We can do as we please. Just like a woman who chooses to have an abortion. It’s her body. She can if she wants to. So…it’s that same concept. It’s time to let our government at all levels know we’re done.

    I truly feel sorry for those of you who live in this state with this
    tyrant as governor
    Time to pack up and leave. You can’t go to work there so find another
    Republican run state and move so you can breath a little easier.
    WHAT A P.O.S. you have to run your state…..

  9. you say despite strict measures it’s spreading. I say because of her strict measures. all the states wit strict lockdowns are worse that those who didn’t do that. democrats are out for personal power and money and never consider the consequences of their actions in the short term or the long term.

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