Mask-Wearing Mandate Among President Joe Biden’s First Priorities

Over the weekend, crowds were seen flocking the streets across major cities in the U.S to celebrate Joe Biden’s projected win in the 2020 Presidential Elections. On Monday, the President-elect is expected to announce his seven point plan to address the rising Covid-19 cases that has claimed more the 237,000 lives in the U.S. One of Biden’s priorities will be to roll-out a nationwide mask mandate once he officially starts office next year. He announced that he will work with the governors from the different states to implement this protocol If the governors refuses to work with him in this advocacy, the President says he will go to the mayors and county executives to have the policy in place.

Fox News: While the majority of Americans supporting Biden have worn masks, many of the celebrations over the weekend had an absence of social distancing

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Dr. Marc Siegel, the medical contributor of Fox News, believes that physical distancing is actually more important to curbing the spread than masks are. 

He further notes that although “masks are quite useful, they’re not the be all and end all”. He is worried that imposing fines on the mandate may lead to rebellion against it.

Dr. Siegal suggests that instead of mandating this across the U.S, the use of masks should be determined based on how much of the risk of exposure to the coronavirus is in a specific area

The Hill: Governors who resist the incoming president’s requests will see Biden pressure mayors of cities in their respective states to enact mandates at the local level

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The Hill reports that President Biden will personally call on all U.S governors to comply with the mask mandates once he start his office next year.

However, should these governors resist the President’s request, Biden will pressure the mayors of the difference states for the strict implementation of the mandate in their respective cities.

Screenshot from Josh Blackman's Twitter