Oakland County Health Department imposes its own mask mandate after state-level court ruling

Oakland County’s health department moved quickly Saturday to impose a countywide mask mandate to curb the spread of the coronavirus, one day after the Michigan Supreme Court struck down the law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has used to require mask wearing in public.

The public health order from Michigan’s second most populous county requires mask usage in indoor public spaces outside of the home, including students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade when inside school buildings.

Oakland County’s order requires outdoor mask wearing when individuals cannot maintain 6 feet of social distance among themselves and applies to “athletes training for, practicing for, or competing in an organized sport.”

The order adopts language similar to Whitmer’s mask mandate, which is now in legal limbo after the Michigan Supreme Court narrowly ruled her use of a 1945 emergency powers law unconstitutionally “indefinitely” empowered the governor to make law without the Legislature’s involvement.


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Brussels imposes curfew on bars as coronavirus cases soar


4:20 am PDT, Monday, September 28, 2020

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Brussels Imposes Curfew on Bars as Coronavirus Cases Soar | Business News

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN, Associated Press

BRUSSELS (AP) — Facing a surge of new coronavirus cases far higher than in other parts of Belgium, Brussels authorities are closing bars early in the EU institutions capital city.

Beginning Monday night, all bars and cafes have to close between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. while any other businesses selling drinks or food will shut down at 10 p.m. In addition, eating at street markets is now forbidden.

Local media said authorities thought about starting the bar curfew at 10 p.m. but the proposal was rejected to support virus-ravaged businesses. According to the Belgian cafes federation, half of the country’s 12,000 bars may not survive the coronavirus crisis.

Since the start of the pandemic, more than 114,000 coronavirus infections have been recorded in hard-hit Belgium — a country of 11.5-million residents — including 9,980 deaths. From Sept. 17-23, 11,934 new infections were diagnosed, with

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Trump says U.S. will remain open as UK imposes coronavirus restrictions

U.S. President Donald Trump waves prior to boarding Air Force One as he departs Washington for campaign travel to Minnesota at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, September 18, 2020.

Tom Brenner | Reuters

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said that the United States would not impose a lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus following additional new measures imposed on businesses and residents in the U.K. to control its increasing case count. 

On Tuesday, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson walked back some of the lifted lockdown measures in England, telling people to work from home again if possible and ordering pubs and restaurants to close at an earlier time. He warned that the measures could be in place for up to six months if conditions don’t improve, saying the country was at a “perilous turning point.” 

The U.K. reported more than 4,300 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, reaching levels last

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