Signs posted in and outside city buildings, like this one seen in the St. Clair Shores Public Library, reflect the new policy on masks as of May 24.

Signs posted in and outside city buildings, like this one seen in the St. Clair Shores Public Library, reflect the new policy on masks as of May 24.

Photo by Kristyne E. Demske


Mask requirements change inside St. Clair Shores city buildings

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published May 28, 2021

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — Responding to changes implemented by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, St. Clair Shores has new signs on its doors indicating who does — and does not — have to don a mask.

“After the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services updated their mask guidelines, we started looking at how that was going to impact not just the employees, but also that customer service piece of the residents coming in,” said City Manager Matthew Coppler.

Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or MIOSHA, hadn’t updated their guidelines at the same time, however, so Coppler said, “We were kind of in this gray area.”

Now, however, MIOSHA has stated that their rules were going to reflect the Health and Human Services rules, which state that those who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks indoors, while those people who are not fully vaccinated still need to wear masks.

“If you were attempting to follow the HHS rules, employers wouldn’t be held liable,” Coppler explained.

That is why, beginning the morning of May 24, signs on the doors of city buildings now instruct those who have been fully vaccinated that they may enter without wearing a mask, but those who are not fully vaccinated still need to wear a mask. Full vaccination is anytime after the two weeks following a one-dose vaccine or the second shot of a two-dose vaccine.

“We had already started updating all of our protocols and made the determination to allow those that are vaccinated to not wear a mask,” Coppler said. “I haven’t heard of any issues. There haven’t been any complaints.”

Coppler said no one will be asking if a visitor to a city building is vaccinated or requiring proof, however.

“We trust our residents. We trust they will do the right things at all the right times. We’re not stopping people at the door to ask them if they’re vaccinated or not. It turns into, logistically, a very difficult thing to do,” he said.

Even though city employees won’t know if a customer is actually vaccinated or not, Coppler said the other protocols in place offer additional layers of protection for employees.

The other protocols put in place to combat COVID-19 are still in place, with those entering buildings asked not to do so if they are feeling ill or have a fever, increased sanitization and upgrades to the filtration of the city’s HVAC systems to reduce cross contamination. City employees are still undergoing the same entry protocols they have been using, as well.

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