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Michigan is allegedly held as one of the most strict stated when it comes to COVID-19 mandates despite not seeming to be helping their number of cases, according to The Western Journal.
IF you choose not to comply with current mandates you will receive “a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or a fine of not more than $200.00, or both,” In accordance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s most recent “Gatherings and Face Mask Order.”
Parents also have the possibility to be held criminally responsible for their children being non-compliant to the ordinance.
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s “Michigan Capitol Confidential” states that children between the ages of 2 and 4 wear masks at any gathering.
A gathering is “any occurrence, either indoor or outdoor, where two or more persons from more than one household are present in a shared space.”
“This [order] addresses the increase in cases among younger Michiganders and follows recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.”
The mandate clearly states, “A good faith effort is made to ensure that children aged 2 to 4 years wear a mask when participating in gatherings.”
because 2 year olds wearing masks is going to CURE us for sure! 😟🥺😣🥴
— Dee 2020 FORTIFIED! (@DeezInDetroit) April 17, 2021
Michigan continues to descend into the abyss of madness
No, Elmo, you’re in a blue state pic.twitter.com/aD6AGtQ5pN
— Doriano Paisano Carta (@Paisano) April 17, 2021
In other words a stay at home order for anyone with children
— commonsensical (@filterfreeme2) April 17, 2021
Here comes that 5th wave…of people moving to Florida
— Miller🍄hippie (@forty_six_and2) April 17, 2021
From The Western Journal:
Residents of the Wolverine State are right to be angry. Whitmer’s response to the coronavirus has already been scandalous — potentially even criminal. It’s also apparently had precious little effect on actually preventing Michiganders from contracting COVID-19.
Her latest order is both frightening and ridiculous.
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First of all, parents have a hard enough time wrangling their young children as it is. Not only does requiring young children to wear masks add extra and unnecessary complexity to parenting, it does so with the force of law behind it.
A parent should not be threatened with a fine or arrest for having difficulty getting a kid to wear a mask in the park. While it is unlikely that the law would be enforced in this manner, the fact that it could be is terrifying enough.
Furthermore, Michigan’s nanny-state mentality has simply gone too far — especially in light of recent news that the state government is considering making some of their inane COVID restrictions permanent. It is not the state’s responsibility — beyond the immediate protection of a child’s rights — to tell parents how they should be parenting.
The madness needs to end, and it needs to end soon. Otherwise, states like Michigan will be content to perpetuate the pandemic mentality forever.