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Washtenaw County Is One Step Closer On Imposing COVID-19 Fines To Those Who Ignore Health Order

Sep 24, 2020

Washtenaw County residents could soon be fined for not complying with COVID-19 guidelines established by the county.  

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners approved the first reading of a resolution that will impose a fine for residents who violate that county’s health order that limits indoor gatherings to 10 people and to 25 for outdoors.  Board Chair Jason Morgan says the proposed penalty is $1,000 per violation, per day, but that could decrease before the second reading of the resolution is voted on in two weeks. 

Board Chair Jason Morgan: What would logically make sense is looking at a first violation versus a repeated violation, similar to the concepts of speeding tickets.   

The current resolution applies to residents living in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, due to concerns over students returning to the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University.  However, anyone who visits those two cities and violates the health order will also be fined.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu