Michigan Gov. Whitmer expands face mask mandate to young children for the next month

Michigan, under the leadership of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), has been one of the hardest-hit states by the COVID-19 virus, even as the governor has imposed some of the harshest restrictions on the populace in an effort to mitigate the effects of the pandemic.

Oblivious to the possibility that those strict mitigation efforts have had little to no impact in curbing the viral spread, Gov. Whitmer doubled down to extend and expand those restrictions, including now mandating that children aged 2-4 be required to wear face masks at all times in public gatherings, Breitbart reported.

This, 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 virus 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 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 liberal 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 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.”

“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,” Whitmer added.

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