Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is at it again. She has mandated today that most children and staff at child-care centers and camps will have to wear masks at most times. Everyone who is a parent and a teacher or caregiver know this will be a monumental task. Children ages two and up? This order is outrageous.
The new order requires masks to be worn by:
-All staff and all children ages 2 and up when on a school bus or other transportation provided by the child care organization or camp.
-All staff and all children ages 4 and up when in indoor hallways and common areas. Face coverings should be encouraged for children ages 2 and up.
-All staff and all children ages 12 and up when in classrooms, homes, cabins, or similar indoor settings. Face coverings should be encouraged for children ages 2 and up.
-All visitors to the child-care organization or camp.
“Child-care workers have been on the front lines of this crisis and have worked tirelessly to provide a safe place for our children and families during this time,” Whitmer said in a news release. COVID-19 is still a very real threat to Michiganders of all ages, and we must continue to stay vigilant and use every tool at our disposal to protect ourselves and each other.”
The Detroit Free Press reports that the order takes effect Monday and applies to child-care organizations along with “day, residential, travel and troop camps for children.”
Teachers and parents already know what it’s going to be like. We can hear it now:
-I’M SORRY YOU TRIPPED, BUT THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU PUT YOUR FEET INSIDE THE ELASTIC OF YOUR MASK.
-NO, YOU CANNOT EAT THE SNOW THROUGH YOUR MASK.
-WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU TRIED TO EAT YOUR LUNCH THROUGH YOUR MASK?
-YOUR MOM WILL NEED TO GET YOU A NEW MASK SINCE YOU CHEWED A HOLE IN THAT ONE.
-PLEASE TAKE THOSE COOKIES OUT OF YOUR MASK. NO, YOU ARE NOT A CHIPMUNK.