Masks on Children now Required in Daycares and Camps

Face coverings are now required on children and staff at child-care centers and camps throughout Michigan, according to the latest Executive Order from Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Day cares have never stopped operating throughout the COVID-19 crisis, and face coverings had not been required until now. Summer camps were allowed to open this summer, and while face coverings were not mandated, different camps had their own rules on face coverings.

The new order requires camp and daycare staff and children ages two and up to “mask up” on the bus. Children ages four and up must wear a face covering in indoor common spaces. All staff and all children twelve and older are required to wear a face covering when in classrooms, homes, cabins, or similar indoor small-group settings. The governor also strongly encourages that all children ages two and up wear face coverings when indoors, according to the order.

Children do not have to mask up if they cannot medically tolerate it, while eating, swimming, or doing high-intensity activities, or while physically distanced outside. Babies under the age of two are not required to wear masks.

Reporting for WGRT – Jennie McClelland