9 Michigan counties drop orders requiring masks in schools

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Nine Michigan counties are dropping masking requirements for schools and day care facilities, pointing to sharp declines in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations and many children’s ability to get vaccinated.

The announcements by Wayne, Oakland and Washtenaw counties and six counties in northern Michigan come a day after Ingham County lifted its mandate.

The orders will end starting Feb. 18 or Feb. 28. Local health officials strongly recommend masking in public indoor settings, including educational settings. Schools will decide whether to still require masks.