Masks in a Free Society
I think the idea of healthy people wearing face masks when they are out in public is ridiculous, stupid, silly, ludicrous, comical, unhealthy, and harmful, but I offer here a qualified defense of masks in the context of a free society and private property rights.
Not content with playing dictator and issuing decrees for their subjects to stay at home, close their unessential businesses, stop going to parks and playgrounds, and practice anti-social distancing, governors and mayors all around the country are now starting to mandate that all of their subjects wear a face mask when going out in public (unless they are protesting, rioting, or looting).
On June 18, California governor Gavin Newsom ordered California residents statewide to wear a mask when out in public. “Simply put, we are seeing too many people with faces uncovered — putting at risk the real progress we have made in fighting the disease,” said Newsom. “California’s strategy to restart the economy and get people back to work will only be successful if people act safely and follow health recommendations. That means wearing a face covering, washing your hands and practicing physical distancing.”
In my county—Orange County, Florida—the fascist mayor Jerry Demings issued an executive order on June 18 mandating mask wearing beginning on June 20: “Every person working, living, visiting, or doing business in Orange County is required to wear a Face Covering consistent with the current CDC guideline[s] while in any public place.”
Regarding businesses, the order states:
All businesses are strongly encouraged to follow CDC guidelines or industry standards (if any) on face coverings and social distancing. Businesses are reminded that Executive Order 2020-12 requires that both employees and patrons of businesses that require employees and patrons to be within six (6) feet must wear a face mask or covering, unless the wearing of the patron’s face mask or covering would impede the patron’s service, in which case only the service provider must wear a face mask or covering.
All businesses are encouraged to prohibit entry of each person who is not wearing a face covering with the exception of those below listed persons.
Face coverings are not required for the following:
i.) Persons under the age of two years old; or
Article from LewRockwell