Karl Manke, the 77-year old Owosso, Michigan, barber known for cutting hair in protest during the Stay at Home order, had both of his licenses restored today by an Agency order dissolving the summary suspensions orders issued against him.
These orders, along with the recent Michigan Supreme Court ruling in his favor, affirm his right to continue to cut hair and keep his barbershop open.
Karl is still facing misdemeanor criminal charges next week that were filed by the Shiawassee County Prosecutor. He will also contest the still pending formal complaint filed against him by the State in an administrative hearing on July 15, 2020.
“I am pleased with the orders issued today to reinstate my licenses so I can continue to move forward,” commented Karl. “I still believe it is high time for all of Michigan to Stand Up, Open Up for business, and for all the people in our community to Show Up in support.”
Michigan was the last state to open up barbershops and hair salons on June 15th, after Governor Whitmer closed them for nearly three months. Meanwhile, barbershops and salons had already re-opened in every other state without seeing any significant spike in new COVID-19 cases.
Mr. Manke’s attorney, David A. Kallman, stated, “I am glad the State now acknowledges that Mr. Manke is not a threat to the public’s health, safety and welfare and that it is not necessary to continue the suspension of his licenses. Karl is now free to cut hair and pursue his livelihood without any unjust interference.”