Gov. Whitmer orders K-5 students to wear masks

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Gretchen Whitmer

Michigan’s youngest students will be required to wear a mask while attending face-to-face classes.

The governor had previously ordered that older students wear masks.

But the new order issued by Gretchen Whitmer mandates that children in kindergarten through the fifth grade must also wear a face covering.

The order, which goes into effect October 5, exempts schools in the Upper Peninsula while applying to almost all schools in the Lower Peninsula.

It also requires districts to publish information about confirmed and suspected cases of the novel coronavirus.

As of yesterday, there were at least 41 cases of COVID-19 tied to new outbreaks at K-12 schools across Michigan.