The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) on Friday extended its epidemic restrictions for at least a month and deepened its requirements regarding the use of facemasks. In Michigan, the use of facemasks was mandatory for all citizens over the age of five. In Friday’s update, they announced the absurdly mandatory requirement starting at the age of two.
The new Restrictions Order, which appears to be the strictest in the region, is designed to limit daily activities as much as possible and virtually eliminate all nighttime movement. It includes expanding the mask requirement for children ages 2 to 4, something anyone who has ever held a child of that age in their arms knows is impossible to enforce.
“Expanding the mask rule to children ages two to four requires a good faith effort to ensure that these children wear masks while at daycare or camp meetings,” the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said in the release.
The expanded order, which will take effect April 26, claims to follow recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, it is the first state to implement such enforcement.
Elizabeth Hertel, Michigan’s chief health officer, said expanding the requirements was an example of the “smart health policies and mitigation measures” the state has employed to stop the spread of the CCP virus. However, the numbers indicate that after the stringent restrictions, the state of Michigan continues to increase the number of infections.
The Michigan Department of Health is in addition to restricting gatherings and limiting the movement of people, is making a huge effort to convince people to get one of the circulating vaccines against the virus.
“The most important thing people can do now is to get the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine to protect themselves and their families and help us eliminate this virus once and for all,” the statement said.
As reflected in some local media, parents expressed their disagreement with the new regulation.
“Very high chance they’re gonna take it off, drop it. It’s gonna get dirty, likely if it lands on the floor and then they’re supposed to put it back on their face,” Tiffany Teal, mother of a two-year-old, told Click On Detroit.
Many readers also expressed their outrage: “Mask for 2-year olds a terrible idea. Mask interferes with vision, breathing and it will interfere with a 2-year old speech. A 2-year olds nose runs all the time, and the mask will be a harbor for germs. What is this Governor thinking now?” wrote another user.
From Republican lawmakers to business associations, critics say the restrictions are excessive, cripple local stores, and show the state doesn’t trust its residents.