Mask, vaccine conflicts descend into violence and harassment

The Hawaii lieutenant governor watched in horror as protesters showed up outside his condo, yelled at him through bullhorns and beamed strobe lights into the building to harass him over vaccine requirements. A parent in Northern California barged into his daughter’s elementary school and punched a teacher in the face over mask rules. At a […]

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Small businesses evaluate mask policies after new CDC mask guidance

The latest chapter in the mask debate could be turning small businesses against CDC guidelines. This swift change of course has left some businesses and shoppers not knowing what to do or believe. Should they trust people will follow guidelines and mask up if they aren’t vaccinated or continue telling everyone to wear one? Small […]

Small businesses in Charlotte County encourage masks but have trouble enforcing policy

Many small businesses are following the larger chains as they begin to require masks for shopping and visiting. “Everyone has to have a mask on,” said Sherrie Moody, Executive Director of the Charlotte Players Theater. No matter the performance, when the seats are filling up at the theater, masks must be worn because Moody believes […]

Retailers that mandate masks may be boycotted by customers

Many major retail chains such as Walmart, Target, and Starbucks have begun to mandate wearing a mask at their store locations. But local businesses are also taking part simply to ensure the safety of their employees and the customers. “We’ve done everything we possibly can to keep this virus out of our restaurant,” said Marlies […]

This is what the Surgeon General had to say about mask mandates

US Surgeon General Jerome Adams on Sunday said a mask mandate would work best at local and state levels, casting doubt on how a national mandate would be enforced and saying that education is needed. As coronavirus cases surge across the US, the debate over whether to require Americans to wear a mask to slow the […]

Trump wears mask in public for first time during pandemic

President Donald Trump wore a mask during a visit to a military hospital on Saturday, the first time the president has been seen in public with the type of facial covering recommended by health officials as a precaution against spreading or becoming infected by the novel coronavirus. Trump flew by helicopter to Walter Reed National […]

Debate over masks being compared to that of smoking and seatbelts

The debate over whether or not masks should be mandated, and if they even can, is harkening back to debates over regulation of smoking and requiring seat belts. The difference between those and this new debate: they were changed through state and federal legislation. The mask debate is often being had in cities, towns and […]