Another week, another update on whether face masks are required in Pennsylvania. This clown show has no end in sight, apparently.
And the man who apparently controls all messaging in Pennsylvania right now, Governor Tom Wolf, is back with his latest update. He needs to constantly update the public on this subject because every time he’s asked, he’s got a new answer.
The latest answer came Monday at a press conference.
Remember, a week ago, Wolf said, “No, they’re not required.”
This week though, he’s singing a different tune. Well, it’s kinda different. He gives another, different answer to almost the exact same question this week but follows it up with his almost trademark lecturing on why he thinks masks are important.
Tom Wolf Updates Guidance on Face Mask Requirement in Pennsylvania
So, on Monday, June 15, Wolf got asked once again whether masks are required in Pennsylvania. Remember, last Monday he said no but then apparently changed it mid-week to say they were. We must have missed that one.
Like we did last week, we get his words on this verbatim from his answer to the media.
Wolf said Monday, “Evidently, they are required. Technically, anyone in authority has the ability to say ‘You need to wear that mask or you’ll be cited’.”
So, in a week, we went from masks not being required to the idea that you could be cited for not wearing one in public or at a store.
Quite a turnaround.
And evidently? As firm as he tries to sound, he leaves the door open for interpretation.
And the door’s left open for a lecture on how he believes wearing a mask makes you a good person who cares about others. Granted, he’s not as bitchy as a social media Karen who tells you how wonderful they are, but he goes about half-Karen here.
He said, “In practice, we have 13 million Pennsylvanians. Each and every one of them has to make a decision on their own as to whether they’re going to wear the mask or not. If they don’t, they’re putting the lives of their neighbors and family at risk. So, it’s a personal decision.”
So, is it a personal decision or a law or order?
He promised the questioning reporter on Monday that he’d have a staff member get the specific order … if it actually exists.
Why would he know? He’s only the Governor. And he’s made it clear that he’s in charge of the Disaster Emergency and no one else, except that staffer who better get that specific order.
Tom Wolf’s Bizarre, Totally Untrue Stop Sign Analogy
Wolf being Wolf and the lecturer in chief of Pennsylvania, he couldn’t just stop at “they are required.” And that inability to come to a full stop only leaves Pennsylvanians scratching their heads even more.
To continue lecturing us on why masks are important and perhaps should be required, he resorted to a Stop sign analogy that makes little sense to us.
Wolf added, “That’s why I keep coming back to the analogy of the Stop sign. I don’t remember the last time I saw a police officer at a Stop sign. And yet, people obey it. Well, they don’t come to a full stop often or always. But they do obey it and it’s not because someone’s there citing them if they don’t obey it. They’re obeying it because it’s in their self-interest to obey it.”
In what world does this guy live? We stop at a Stop sign because it’s the LAW. And we fear that there’s a police officer somewhere nearby who can see us not coming to a full stop and will write a ticket in an instant if they see us rolling through the sign.
Wolf’s clearly dipping into Fetterman’s head stash at this point. And if we’re police officers, we’re keeping an eye out for the Governor’s motorcade pulling these half-assed stops at Stop signs.
Analogy Lost, He Continued Lecturing on Being a Decent Person
But he wasn’t done there. The lecture wasn’t over.
He prattled on, “We have to understand that it’s in the self-interest of our family members, of the people we like, the people we hang out with to wear a mask. If we don’t, we’re putting their lives at risk.
“There should be no confusion in that that virus – which is the real enemy here – it’s not whether we have a guidance or regulation or who’s doing it or where it’s coming from … It’s that that virus is out to get us, each and every one of us. And everything we do to keep that virus from infecting somebody else, we’re doing a good thing. We’re pretty sure that masks work. We’re pretty sure that social distancing works. We’re pretty sure that staying away from big crowds … those things work. So, to the extent that we can do those things … whether it’s a legal or binding thing or not, we ought to do those things.”
It’s funny that the virus wasn’t the enemy when Wolf decided to join a Black Lives Matter protest on the streets of Harrisburg. The virus is only out to get us when we don’t wear a mask.
And sorry Governor, it does matter if it’s legally binding or not. What you think we ought to do doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the thing to do. If we went by what you thought we ought to do, we can obviously do whatever we feel is important or necessary for ourselves. It’s a “personal decision”, right?
On July 1, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Health Secretary Rachel Levine signed an order making face masks mandatory in all public places in the state.
Masks are required in Pennsylvania when you’re:
- “Outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a distance of 6 feet from individuals who are not members of their household.”
- “In any indoor location where members of the public are generally permitted.”
- “Waiting for, riding on, driving, or operating public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi, private car service or ride-sharing vehicle.”
- “Obtaining services from the healthcare sector in settings including, but not limited to a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, laboratory, physician, or dental office, veterinary clinic, or blood bank.”
- “Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site, when interacting in-person with any member of the public, working in any space visited by members of the public, working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others, working in or walking through common areas, or in any room or enclosed area where other people, except for members of the person’s own household or residence, are present when unable to physically distance.”
READ MORE: Wolf Now Requires Masks in ALL Public Places
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