Michigan expands mask mandate to 2-year-olds

by Jeffrey Swindoll · Apr 17th, 2021 12:08 pm

Last Updated Apr 19th, 2021 at 6:34 pm

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a new order on Friday that will require children 2 years old and up to wear face masks in gatherings starting April 26 until May 25.

"[The order] addresses the increase in cases among younger Michiganders and follows recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidance," Michigan officials said.

The MDHHS said the expansion of the mask mandate is "a good faith effort ... to ensure that children aged 2 to 4 years wear a mask when participating in gatherings," namely upcoming summer camps and child care.

State authorities consider a "gathering" to be "any occurrence, either indoor or outdoor, where two or more persons from more than one household are present in a shared space."

Previous orders exempted children under the age of 5 from wearing masks.


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