EATON COUNTY, Mich. (WLNS) – The Barry-Eaton Health Department has rescinded its mask mandate for schools effective at midnight October 1.

These two local emergency orders required face coverings and COVID-19 quarantine and isolation procedures for schools and other educational settings in Barry and Eaton counties.

“The rescission of these orders is due to boilerplate language included in the Fiscal 2022 state budget that purports to restrict funding to local health departments with COVID-19 local emergency orders in effect as of October 1, 2021,” an official press release stated.

These orders were issued in accordance to the Michigan Public Health Code which authorizes public health officers to, “Take actions and make determinations necessary or appropriate to carry out the local health department’s functions to protect the public health and prevent disease.”

“We urge our local school districts and other educational settings to continue to implement universal masking policies and follow quarantine best practices. It’s critical to reducing the spread of COVID-19 within schools and our communities,” stated Colette Scrimger, Health Officer. She continued, “We will continue to evaluate the situation and will consider issuing orders in the future as the question of the constitutionality of Senate Bill 82 and House Bill 4400 becomes clearer and if community conditions necessitate such orders.”

On the other hand schools can still require masks and follow quarantine practices.