On October 12, 2020 the Mt. Pleasant City Commission adopted a resolution in support of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Emergency Order regarding the wearing of face masks due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This new virus strain is an easily transferable respiratory disease that can result in serious illness or death and it is caused by a new strain of virus that has not previously been identified in humans and can easily spread from person to person. There has recently been an increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in Isabella County.
RESOLUTION SUPPORTING MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES EMERGENCY ORDER REGARDING FACE COVERINGS
WHEREAS, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease that can result in serious illness or death and it is caused by a new strain of virus that has not previously been identified in humans and can easily spread from person to person; and
WHEREAS, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon has issued an emergency order to slow the spread of the virus including, but not limited to, requiring face coverings in public places and in certain instances outdoors; and
WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidance to the public and employers to slow the spread of the virus including, but not limited to, encouraging individuals to wear face coverings and practice social distancing; and
WHEREAS, there have been 677 confirmed cases within Isabella County as of October 5, 2020; and WHEREAS, the City Commission recognizes the importance and effectiveness of face coverings in helping to slow the spread of the virus; and
WHEREAS, the City Commission desires to assist in returning to economic stability, which can more likely be obtained if businesses can stay open and gradually return to full capacity, and understands that this may be dependent on slowing the spread of the virus; and
WHEREAS, the City Commission desires to do what it can to keep residents, visitors, business owners and front-line workers safe; and
WHEREAS, the City Commission previously passed a resolution supporting the face coverings order by Governor Whitmer; and
WHEREAS, the City Commission emphasizes the personal responsibility of each individual to wear a face covering and believes doing so reflects a sign of respect for neighbors, front line and essential workers, and all residents and visitors
WHEREAS, the City Commission desires to provide leadership and support to implement the wearing of face coverings; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Commission of the City of Mount Pleasant as follows:
1. The City Commission supports Director Gordon’s Emergency Order requiring wearing of face coverings in any indoor public space and when outdoors and unable to maintain a distance of six feet or more from individuals who are not members of the same household.
2. Individuals are encouraged to implement their personal responsibility by wearing face coverings as required to help keep others safe both in public places and as appropriate outdoors and to eliminate putting businesses and law enforcement in the position of enforcing the standards.
3. Businesses are encouraged to do their part in implementing the requirements so that customers feel safe that the expected protocols are in place.
4. In the rare instances where law enforcement is called upon for enforcement, the City Commission supports the approach of educating first and attempting to get voluntary compliance. Using law enforcement discretion, in instances where personal responsibility and voluntary compliance cannot be achieved and the law enforcement staff feels that enforcement is the best option in the circumstances, enforcement that is deemed necessary will be supported.