LIVINGSTON COUNTY, Mich. (WLNS)– The Livingston County Board of Commissioners considered a resolution Tuesday night that would have eliminated mask requirements in county buildings. In a split decision, the board voted to reject that resolution.
The resolution, which was passed by a sub-committee of the board last week, would have removed the mandate from the county’s COVID-19 preparedness and response plan.
According to that resolution, the reason Livingston County required employees and people visiting county facilities to wear a face-covering was to comply with Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders. Since the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that the governor did not have the authority to issue those orders, the resolution stated that the county’s mask mandate was based on unconstitutional orders. That’s why some commissioners wanted to remove it from the COVID-19 response plan.
The resolution stated that the plan would not override requirements issued by valid Federal, State, or Local order/law. There is still currently a statewide mask mandate under an emergency order issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. That means if the order would have been approved, it would not have taken effect until the state removed its mandate. That led some commissioners to question why it was even proposed in the first place.