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I have been traveling. I managed to be in two cities just as new mask mandates were put in place this month.
In Minneapolis, the new mandate went into effect at 5 pm on the day of my arrival at a large hotel. During my stay, about 50% of the people were complying with the mandate. When asked a member of the hotel staff said that they were required to tell people about the mask mandate but there was nothing they could do to force people to wear a mask.
I was in Omaha right before and right after their new mandate. There was an increase in mask use but really it was still maybe a 50-50 thing mask or no mask.
In early 2020 when this first started, there was staff at the doors keeping the unmasked out. Now no one seems to care.
It would seem to me that some of these Public Health Officials have a problem. They have lost a measure of credibility. They can “mandate” anything they want, it does not matter if the public ignores them.Published in