The polarization of mask mandates

Though masks are not a political issue — recommended by the CDC to potentially keep the wearer from spreading the virus to others — mask mandates have been polarizing. (File photo)

STATEWIDE – Seminole County is the last place to make public masks compulsory to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

While masks are not a political issue – recommended by the CDC to potentially prevent the wearer from spreading the virus to others – the mandates for masks are polarizing.

“You see that many of our local governments are coming up and making masks compulsory. And for a while, the mayor of Jacksonville said it wouldn’t happen,” said Nikki Fried, Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner. “He arranged that today (Monday). Who knows if it will actually stay in place for the RNC. He could copy it in advance. That’s why I called the national ordinance so a local government could run it over when the RNC comes to Jacksonville. “

U.S. Senator Rick Scott, R-Fla., Recently discussed the Republican National Convention’s plan to go to Sunshine State and advocated for security. But Scott, the former Sunshine State governor, stopped calling mandates for masks.

“We need to keep talking about the importance of wearing masks, keep talking about the importance of social distance, keep talking about the importance of quarantine if you’ve been around someone who has tested positive,” he said. “I think the government should inform. I think the government shouldn’t make things mandatory.”

Other prominent republicans, such as Senate leader Mitch McConnell, are fully on board wearing a mask.

“We shouldn’t have a stigma about wearing masks when we leave our house and getting around to other people. Wearing simple face covers isn’t about protecting ourselves, it’s about protecting everyone we meet”, McConnell said in the Senate floor on Monday. .

Earlier this month, a coalition of doctors stood outside the governor’s mansion calling on Governor Ron DeSantis to issue a state-wide mask mandate, rather than relying on cities and counties to pass their own versions – or without to go.

Others, such as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, have called on even more powerful people to take the lead.

“Let the president feel the same way and do that as an executive assignment, and let the president lead by example and have the president put a mask on it,” he continued, “because we know it works. have proven to work in New York State, and the President can still be New York tough and New York smart and united and disciplined and loving. “