PHOENIX (AP) — With the coronavirus spreading out of control and Arizona cities beginning just last month to require residents wear masks in public, a few hundred people gathered in Scottsdale to make clear they didn’t approve of the heavy hand of government telling them to cover their faces.
A city councilman, Guy Phillips, came to the podium and ripped off his black face mask, declaring, “I can’t breathe!”
He later insisted his comment was meant to highlight the oppressive nature of masks, not to mock the dying words of George Floyd under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer, though Phillips’ words were widely interpreted as racist.
The episode highlights the visceral opposition to government mandates, a fierce individualism that has endured among some in Arizona since the days of the Wild West. The buzz-off attitude is taking on new importance as the state has become one of the
The claim: The Americans with Disabilities Act exempts people from face mask requirements imposed by governments and retailers
Face mask use has been a source of confusion and contention amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As new outbreaks of the coronavirus grow across the country, some anti-mask activists have claimed that policies mandating mask-wearing infringe on disability rights.
“According to ADA Mask Not Required Anywhere in America!” one flyer shared hundreds of times on Facebook reads.
The graphic cites the Americans with Disabilities Act’s requirement for “reasonable accommodation to anyone who cannot wear a mask due a medical condition,” as explanation for why mask wearing is optional under the law.
Similar images and claims have been circulating online for weeks. Images of laminated “Face Mask Exempt Cards” from the fictitious “Freedom to Breath Agency” went viral after some attempted to use the cards to enter stores across the country.
MANHATTAN BEACH, CA — The time may have come for Manhattan Beach city officials to find a way to enforce the state’s mask mandate. As COVID-19 numbers continue to increase in the city and throughout the state, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s latest order yesterday to again close many businesses may have spurred a deeper need to rethink mask enforcement.
“Due to the increase in cases and the lack of compliance, I believe we need to have enforcement past the ‘voluntary state,’ unfortunately,” Manhattan Beach Mayor Richard Montgomery told MB Patch. “Facial coverings and social distancing rules need to be addressed as the ramped-up city outreach has not produced the results we wanted.” He said City Council and the city’s police chief “are discussing enforcement options related to facial coverings.”
Whether any of those options are put before City Council tonight during their regular meeting will be seen. Previously, Mayor Montgomery has
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Shoppers who do not wear a mask risk £100 fine
Mask up – or risk a £100 fine. That is the message to shoppers as the Government announces that face coverings will become mandatory in stores. Health Secretary Matt Hancock will confirm that guidance is being updated to make the wearing of face coverings compulsory in England from July 24, with fines for anyone who fails to adhere to the new rules. The announcement comes after days of confusion in which Boris Johnson, and Michael Gove made apparently contradictory statements about whether face coverings should be mandatory in shops. Confused
Many Americans have embraced health officials’ recommendation to wear masks in public, and those who refuse to mask up are likely to encounter increasing pressure in the coming weeks and months.
There is a “sizable minority” of Americans who are skeptical, Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, told USA TODAY – evidenced in part by numerous viral videos showing shoppers flouting mask rules.
Critics say mask mandates infringe on their personal freedom. Some right-leaning Americans call masks a tool of oppression, Democratic conspiracy and even sacrilege.
Evidence shows face coverings are an effective way of slowing the spread of COVID-19, leading more state leaders to enact mask mandates. Friday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, said face coverings were “the only way” to avoid another shutdown of the state’s economy.
Officials voting to require face masks in public have faced lawsuits and have been shouted down by
Many Americans have embraced health officials’ recommendation to wear masks in public, but those who refuse to mask up are likely to encounter increasing pressure in the coming weeks and months.
There is a “sizable minority” of Americans who are skeptical, Ashish Jha, the director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, told USA TODAY — evidenced in part by numerous viral videos showing shoppers flouting mask rules.
Critics often say mask mandates infringe on their personal freedom. Some right-leaning Americans have called masks a tool of oppression, Democratic conspiracy, and even sacrilege.
But growing evidence shows face coverings are an effective way of slowing the spread of COVID-19, leading more state leaders to enact mask mandates. On Friday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, went so far as to say face coverings were “the only way” to avoid another shutdown of the state’s economy.
Local officials voting to require face
HOBOKEN, NJ — Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla said in an update on Wednesday night that the city’s Health Department had reported three new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, for a total of 622 since the pandemic began. Fatalities in town have remained unchanged for the last six weeks, at 29.
Bhalla noted that on Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy ordered residents to wear face masks outdoors in public places, including in parks, crowded sidewalks, and waiting in line at restaurants.
There are exceptions, including “exercise outdoors while remaining socially distant,” kids under 2, children getting wet in sprinklers, and people eating food and drink during outdoor dining.
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Bhalla said that “No mask, no entry” signs are being placed at all
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) got schooled on Twitter over this tweet arguing against the mandated wearing of face masks and compulsory vaccinations aimed at mitigating the spread of the coronavirus:
There is no authority in the Constitution that authorizes the government to stick a needle in you against your will, force you to wear a face mask, or track your daily movements.
Can you imagine the signers of the Declaration of Independence submitting to any of these things?!
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) July 5, 2020
Many tweeters reminded Massie of George Washington’s decision to vaccinate the Continental Army against smallpox.
Others called out the GOP congressman for appearing to rail against wearing masks, which public health experts worldwide have said is a cheap and easy way to curb COVID-19.
Oh I love history.
A lesser known fact: George Washington’s bold decision to vaccinate the entire Continental Army against smallpox.