Why is the mask mandate controversial?

“I know you want to make it about masks. It’s not. It’s about the rule of law,” Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke, R-Kaukauna, said. “He wants to be able to rule by fiat. And whatever his intentions are, no matter how pure they may be, that is not how our system works.”

“Wearing a mask is the most basic thing we can do to keep each other safe. If the Legislature keeps playing politics and we don’t keep wearing masks, we’re going to see more preventable deaths, and it’s going to take even longer to get our state and our economy back on track,” Governor Tony Evers said in a videotaped statement released with the new order.

These are the types of conversations that Governor Tony Evers and the Legislature are having back and forth. Evers believes that Wisconsin–as an individual state–won’t be able to return to a normalized life if we don’t continue to wear masks and work together to end this pandemic. But Steineke says that Evers can’t continue to make new mask mandates using the same emergency; it is against the law, the Journal Sentinel reported, according to an article by journalist Molly Beck.

We all want the COVID-19 pandemic to end. It is as simple as that. If this is what the majority of citizens, healthcare workers, and politicians want, then why is it so hard to wear them to take the preventative measures?

As we know, in the beginning days of February, Evers created a new mask mandate that required people to wear face coverings inside public spaces and when using public transportation. This, however, doesn’t apply to children under 5 years of age and people with certain medical conditions that prohibit the wearing of any face covering. While this seems like an easy decision to make, it has been far from it. The incorporation of politics by Republican legislatures has caused this to become something it never should have.

Every day, we are seeing more and more politicians focusing on the good of their party. Instead of fighting with each other over the left and right, they need to step up and start making decisions that will have a positive impact on everybody. Masks is just one of those examples.

In order to get rid of the pandemic, people need to start wearing masks. Masks will help further prevent the spread of the disease and just keep people safer in general. This pandemic isn’t going to go away without them. We have seen throughout this past year that you can’t just create a mask mandate and expect people to listen and wear the masks like you are telling them to. Instead, we need to have businesses–corporations and small ones–step up and create their own mask requirements. Those mandates then need to be enforced more to those who are looking to shop there.

Anyone who wants to enter a store needs to abide by the mandate that the store has set in place. Stores can have different rules for what they would like their customers to wear while shopping, but just as long as there is some requirement for them to follow.

Although we have seen that it has become increasingly difficult to force people to wear face coverings, we can eliminate this hurdle by making sure that managers and employees of those businesses are taking their part and enforcing the mandate that their store has put into place.

To make sure that they are maintaining that responsibility, there could be people from the government who go to check and make sure that they are still requiring masks. That way, Evers isn’t enacting new mandates, but masks will still be required. There are too many people now that are just letting people slide on the mandate, and disregard all of the rules. That can’t happen anymore if we are looking to end this pandemic.

All in all, our politicians and businesses need to step up and start working for the good of the people, and doing their part to end this deadly pandemic. If not, the life we know will have to become our forever normal.

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