After spending months waffling on the issue of face masks in public, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf went full-Karen on Thursday.
Wolf issued a press release clearly defining Pennsylvania’s mask policy once and for … all?
In his statement, Karen Wolf says, “In yellow and green counties, it is required that masks are worn when visiting businesses to protect employees, employees’ families, and communities as a whole. Mask-wearing has proven to be an important deterrent to the spread of the virus, and as more counties move to green and more things reopen, we need to be vigilant in our efforts to continue our mitigation efforts.”
His statement then tries to back up his reasoning with alleged medical studies which he thinks prove him right.
Honestly, who cares?
Wolf’s made it very clear in recent weeks that he believes he’s the sole voice – the lone Wolf, if you will – who will guide Pennsylvania from the coronavirus disaster largely of his own making.
If he wanted to cite two people down the hall from his office or his goldfish, there’s literally nothing anyone else can do right now.
So, rather than try to win everyone over with his argument on masks, just say it’s an order and be done with it. We should implement a carbon tax on all the hot air coming out of his mouth the last several months. It’d solve the budget crisis.
Instead, as Wolf noted earlier this week, not following this mask order could get you cited and fined.
Last week, Wolf sounded pretty convinced masks weren’t even required. Then, earlier this week, he said they were. Now, he’s double sure it is and spent the balance of this week discussing them.
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.”
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