LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Kim LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township, released the following statement on Monday after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s recent executive order required private businesses to refuse customers who are not wearing a face mask:
“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses have chosen to require their employees and customers to wear masks to help protect themselves and others from the virus. Like most people I have met with and spoken to, I have been wearing a homemade mask to ensure others feel safe while going to businesses or when attending meetings if it is required.
“It is unfortunate that the governor is further burdening the already hard-hit businesses in our state to — by force of law — do the work of policing whether people are obeying her ‘Mask Up Michigan’ order. We should leave law enforcement to law enforcement, and not to businesses and their employees who are trying to make a living.
“Whether people agree or disagree with Gov. Whitmer’s latest executive order to wear a mask, I hope everyone will join in continuing to support Michigan’s local businesses. Our small businesses are the backbone of the economy and provide jobs to most of the people in our state. They have been forced to endure many hardships through no fault of their own, and they deserve our support more than ever.”