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St Louis on Friday announced the return of a mask mandate after Missouri saw a statewide surge in COVID-19 cases thanks to a tiny superspreader town run by an anti-masker mayor where the current rate of infection is ten times the national average.
St Louis’s decision follows that of Los Angeles County, which on Sunday ushered in the first major return of compulsory face masks.
The article goes on to state the following:
In St Louis, masks will be mandatory in indoor public places and on public transportation for everyone age five or older, even for those who are vaccinated. Masking outdoors ‘will be strongly encouraged,’ especially in group settings.
Dr. Marc Johnson of the University of Missouri School of Medicine says the fault lies with the city of Branson, calling it “ground zero.”
He said, “Branson has a lot of country-western shows. No Vaccines. No masks. A bunch of people indoors and air conditioning, tightly packed, listening to music, possibly singing along, i.e. a superspreading event.”
Larry Milton, Mayor of Branson, declared on Facebook on July 13, “First, let me state clearly and for the record: I will not support another government mask mandate, nor will I support a vaccine mandate.”
“I didn’t talk about freedom and liberty during my campaign for Mayor simply as a way to get elected. I championed those values then, as I do now, because I believe that each individual should have the right to decide for themselves how to best handle their own medical decisions.”
He added, “I DO NOT believe it’s my place, or the place of any politician, to endorse, promote or compel any person to get any vaccine. That’s a decision that should be made by each individual in consultation with their doctor and their family.”
He concluded, “Be good to one another. Be good to those who visit our town. Don’t let temporary disagreements drive us apart forever. Whether you are masked or not, vaccinated or not, make smart decisions… Be aware of those around you who may think differently than you do about the issue. Be courteous, be thoughtful, be Branson.”
Editor Rob Edwards tweeted Friday, “A St. Louis City spokesperson announces both the city and St. Louis County will reinstate a mask mandate effective Monday. The new rule requires everyone age five and over, including those vaccinated, to wear a mask in indoor public places and on public transportation. St. Louis City/St. Louis County reinstate a mask mandate effective Monday. It applies to everyone ages 5 and up, regardless if you’ve been vaccinated or not.”
FULL DETAILS: St. Louis City/St. Louis County reinstate a mask mandate effective Monday. It applies to everyone ages 5 and up, regardless if you’ve been vaccinated or not. pic.twitter.com/1qhuSwHiqP
— Rob Edwards (@RobertDEdwards) July 23, 2021
Senior Executive at NBCUniversal Mike Sington tweeted, “St. Louis brings back mask mandate, Kansas City expected to follow suit, as COVID cases surge in Missouri. Tourist mecca Branson is the epicenter, with 20% of the residents thought to be infected. Only 40% of the state is fully vaccinated.”
St. Louis brings back mask mandate, Kansas City expected to follow suit, as COVID cases surge in Missouri. Tourist mecca Branson is the epicenter, with 20% of the residents thought to be infected. Only 40% of the state is fully vaccinated. pic.twitter.com/2uLMSt0RcM
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) July 24, 2021
— City of Branson (@CityofBranson) July 23, 2021
St. Louis brings back mask mandate amid surge in Indian ‘Delta’ COVID cases: Officials blame superspreader tourist hotspot Branson where 20% of all residents are currently infected https://t.co/cux70D9kAg
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) July 24, 2021
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