Shirkey issues statement regarding wearing masks in public

LANSING—Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, today issued the following statement regarding wearing masks in public.

“Wearing a mask in public protects the health of the individual and the public, but some people have legitimate health issues that prevent them from wearing one. In some instances, the mask may be a greater risk to the health of an individual with other medical conditions.

We’ve also seen reports of citizens challenging others who are seen in public without masks. No citizen should challenge another regarding the wearing of a mask. Some altercations have even turned violent which is unnecessary and unacceptable. There is no reason to risk your health or your life over the debate of wearing masks in public.

Instead, we encourage people to wear their masks and treat others with respect. And, observe six feet of space if you encounter an individual without a mask,” said Shirkey.