COVID-19

Toddlers must be masked under new state orders

The state health department expanded mask mandate and extended bans on large gatherings.

Children between the ages of 2 and 4 must now wear a mask in public places under new rules issued by the state’s Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) on Friday.

At the same time, the MDHHS extended its existing mask mandate and public gathering restrictions.

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What Happened: The new rule requiring masks for toddlers comes on the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

“We know that wearing a mask significantly reduces the spread of infection and should be part of the comprehensive strategy to reduce COVID-19 — including for children age 2 and up,” said Matthew Hornik, president of the Michigan chapter of the AAP, in an interview with MLive.

That requirement goes into effect next Monday.

The current mask mandate was extended through May 24. That requires people to wear masks in public spaces. It also limits indoor gatherings to no more than 15 people from three or fewer households.

You can read more on Bridge Michigan.

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