More Michigan counties order masks inside schools


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Ingham County has ordered that masks be worn inside all schools and other educational settings, becoming the 16th county to mandate face coverings amid Michigan’s fourth surge of COVID-19 cases.

Many K-12 districts in the Lansing area had already required masks at the start of the academic year.

But health officer Linda Vail says it’s crucial to cover gaps at day care centers, child care centers, preschools, youth programs and private schools.

As expected, Washtenaw County — home to Ann Arbor — issued a similar order.

Allegan, Kalamazoo, Kent and Ottawa counties have also issued such mandates, as have Wayne County, home to Detroit, and Genesee County, where Flint is. Counties with mandates include many with the largest populations but also some rural ones.

—News 8 contributed to this report.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

More COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ

Top Stories On

Know something newsworthy? Report It!