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NEW: Michigan Court Of Appeals Says Defiant Barber Must Shut Down

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NEW: The Michigan Court of Appeals says an Owosso barber must shut down his business. Karl Manke re-opened his shop in defiance of Governor Gretchen Whitmer's COVID-19 emergency orders. The decision reverses a Shiawassee County judge who refused to enforce the state's cease-and-desist order. The appeals court said the judge should have respected the determinations of the state's public health chief. 


DETROIT (AP) — Michigan's chief medical officer has testified against a barber who has refused to keep his shop closed in compliance with the state's coronavirus restrictions. Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said during a hearing Wednesday that Karl Manke's shop in Owosso is an “imminent threat” to public health. Manke is challenging the suspension of his business and barber's licenses. The governor ordered barbershops and salons to close weeks ago because she says they pose too great a risk of spreading the virus. Manke reopened on May 4 in defiance of the restrictions, saying he needed to make money. Manke says the “government is not my mother.”

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