From Bridge Michigan
Republican lawmaker calls for mask mandate
Michigan House Rep. Tommy Brann (R-Wyoming) joined with West Michigan physician Rob Davidson to call for the state Legislature to pass a law requiring masks to be worn indoors and in crowded areas outdoors.
Brann cites the 50,000 new cases the state recorded last week, many of which came in west Michigan, and dwindling hospital capacity as reasons for the mask mandate.
“The public health facts in West Michigan are changing rapidly and for the worse. Our family members, friends, and neighbors are becoming sick and dying at unprecedented rates, and our community hospitals are reaching a breaking point,” Brann said in a statement.
The move from Brann breaks from the rest of the state’s Republican Party, who have opposed mask mandates along with many other COVID-related restrictions. A conservative leaning state Supreme Court also struck down Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency powers 5-4 in October.
“Bipartisan mask rules are cropping up around the Midwest from North Dakota to Iowa to Ohio — we applaud every elected official who steps up to the plate to protect their communities on this issue,” Davidson, who serves as the executive director of the Committee to Protect Medicare, said.— Mansur Shaheen