North Dakota Starts Firestorm With House Bill That Blocks Mask Mandates

the House of Representatives in North Dakota passed a bill that prohibits “state and local officials, schools and businesses from mandating face masks,” according to the Daily Wire.

The bill was passed with a vote 50-44,

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum placed a state-wide mandatory mask mandate three months back but it expired in January.

Republican state Rep. Jeff Hoverson expressed that North Dakota should be free like that of South Dakota and noted that both states’ coronavirus case numbers have dropped.

Hoverson said that mask mandates are “diabolical silliness” and said government-issued mask mandates as part of a larger conspiracy led by “unelected, wealthy bureaucrats who are robbing our freedoms and perpetuating lies.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci said it may be necessary for Americans to wear masks into next year and that he doesn’t know when things can return to normal.

Dana Bash asked, “What does normal mean?”

“You know, I think it is possible that that’s the case,” Fauci said. “And again, it really depends on what you mean, by normality … because if normality means exactly the way things were before we had this happen to us, I mean, I can’t predict that.”

From The Daily Wire:

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The move from North Dakota comes as the CDC released new guidelines this month on the importance of mask-wearing, including double mask-wearing. A summary of the CDC report released early on Feb. 10, stated that the CDC did experiments in order to examine ways in which to improve “the fit of medical procedure masks: fitting a cloth mask over a medical procedure mask, and knotting the ear loops of a medical procedure mask and then tucking in and flattening the extra material close to the face. Each modification substantially improved source control and reduced wearer exposure.”

The report found that wearing a mask that fits tightly can help limit the spread of the coronavirus, noting that options include wearing a mask fitter, a nylon covering placed over a mask, a cloth mask over a procedure mask, or a medical procedure mask with knotted ear loops and the sides tucked in.


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