Governor Tom Wolf seems to be in competition with several of his fellow Democrat Governors to be named the most Overreaching Authoritarian Of The Pandemic.
He’s now demanding that people wear masks indoors — even in homes if someone outside the household is present.
The Government of Pennsylvania website details the “strengthened” mask order:
Strengthened Masking Order
Dr. Levine first issued a masking order on April 15. The order signed today strengthens this initial order with these inclusions:
- Masks are required to be worn indoors and outdoors if you are away from your home.
- When outdoors, a mask must be worn if you are not able to remain physically distant (at least 6 feet away) from someone not in your household the entire time you are outdoors.
- When indoors, masks will now be required even if you are physically distant from members not in your household. This means that even if you are able to be 6 feet apart, you will need to wear a mask while inside if with people other than members of your household.
- This order applies to every indoor facility, including homes, retail establishments, gyms, doctors’ offices, public transportation, and anywhere food is prepared, packaged or served.
How the heck do they expect to enforce this?
Maybe they’ll expand their “Snitch Line” that was set up in April to include private homes as well as businesses. Won’t that be nice? That’ll make the neighborhood feel so… neighborly!
If someone could explain The Science™ of this to me, that would also be great. I know that we hear from the Media (D) that masks stop the spread, but that’s not what the actual science says. A 2015 CDC study on cloth masks determined that they don’t really work to stop infections, and a CDC report published in September revealed that masks still aren’t very effective — over 70% of patients that had tested positive for COVID said that they “always” wore a mask or face-covering in public.
Sure, you can talk about The Science™ “droplets” vs “aerosolization” of the virus, but can we talk about all of the people that have a “false sense of security” because of the mask? It’s not so much the mask itself I don’t trust, it’s my lack of faith in my fellow man to use the damned thing properly.
Despite what you hear, the U.S. actually has pretty high mask compliance.
The question is — do the mandates work?
Matt Margolis of PJ Media examined the data.
I guess we’re just supposed to clamp down on that “independent spirit” and “do what you’re told” as Dr. Fauci said.