RALEIGH – Governor Roy Cooper announced Wednesday that he would be pausing the reopening at the current Phase 2 status, due to recent spikes in the number of confirmed infections. More than that, Cooper announced a he would be adding a mandate to wear face masks in public and by nearly all employees of businesses.
Governor Roy Cooper is making face masks mandatory in North Carolina.
— Andy Specht (@AndySpecht) June 24, 2020
What, exactly, gives the governor, or any government executive for that matter, the authority over each and every one of us as individuals to require us to wear face masks in public, and even in private settings?
It’s a good question, with a simple answer. Nothing.
The pause in the restoration of freedoms and new face mask requirement will carry us right into the Fourth of July, Independence Day weekend and beyond. You think all the red blooded Americans celebrating the greatest country on earth for its genesis as an unapologetic champion of individual liberty celebrating at patriotic barbecues, beach parties, fireworks shows are going to follow Cooper’s mask decree?
But guess what? They won’t have to, because local law enforcement will not be citing people for violating Cooper’s order. Only businesses that fail to have employees masked will be cited, because it’s easier to harass businesses into compliance.
Watch the announcement and question/answer period below: