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More mask orders issued as COVID spreads

Posted by / July 18, 2020

The state of Arkansas, CVS, and Target are the latest entities to mandate masks as COVID cases rise. The increase in cases comes largely as young people refuse to wear masks, either for political reasons or because they simply don’t care. Dr. Anthony Fauci issued a plea to young people to wear masks.

In the past week, Best Buy, Walmart, and Kroger have all announced that they will require customers to wear masks in the stores. Already, things aren’t going well. An unmasked Florida man (only in 2020 would this sentence make sense) pulled a gun during a confrontation over his lack of face protection.

Similarly, Alabama has issued a statewide mask order, while Georgia’s governor overruled strict mask orders at the local level. The governor called these rules “unenforceable,” but such an order looks like a political move. That’s because, unfortunately, masks have become politics––like everything else recently. For some, masks are a simple health precaution that can help stop COVID-19. For others, they’re a sign of government overreach and the first steps of tyranny. There’s no simple solution to that dilemma, so one thing is sure: the worse this pandemic gets and the more masks are necessary, the more conflict we will see.

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