Earlier today we reported that Oakland County Sheriff Bouchard wouldn’t be enforcing the state’s new mask order from the Governor. Now several more Sheriffs across the state are doing the same. Sagniaw County made the announcement on facebook today. Macomb County also won’t be enforcing the rule. Finally, Livingston County Sheriff Murphy says he will not enforce it either.
The state has been fighting back against Whitmer’s excessive executive orders. She’s used the Emergency Powers of Governor Act, passed in 1945, to impose emergency restrictions on the state. Legislators have submitted bills to revoke the Governor’s special power.
The Governor’s order is not law. Governors cannot create law; that is something for the state’s legislature. Once a bill is passed a Governor can sign it into law, but creation of law from thin air by divine ruler is authoritarianism and contrary to the American way.
The Governor has come under intense pressure recently as her state shutdown order passes it’s 90th day after promises of just 15 days to stop the spread. Whitmer is facing numerous lawsuits. Her administration recently lost a Michigan Supreme Court case against Owosso barbershop owner who defied her order. The State Board of Canvassers has also officially moved into the middle phases of their recall effort. The recall petition is expected to far surpass the nearly 1 million signatures required for a recall.
Following several other states, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered masks as mandatory for people in indoor public spaces and also outdoors if they cannot stay 6 feet apart. She says violators are subject to a $500 fine.
A second part, although perhaps even more scary is that businesses who do not enforce the mask rules risk losing their business license. This places business owners in a precarious position of having to enforce rules that are ambiguous at best. .
The Michigan Retailers Association has expressed frustration with the Governor’s orders. CEO Bill Hallan said “that she did not leave the policing to law enforcement officers. This puts retail employees in potentially dangerous situations when they’re forced to confront unmasked customers.” Business owners must now decide if they want to hassle their customers or risk losing their license.