RALEIGH – One by one, like Woke dominoes, deep blue cities and counties are bringing back mask mandates in yet another knee-jerk response to rising cases of COVID-19. Over the weekend it was the our state capital, the City of Oaks, that took the cue from the county and fell in line.
But many of the other towns and cities in Wake County could represent a break in the chain, publicly passing on the opportunity to jump aboard the Pandemic Panic bandwagon.
“Apex, Fuquay-Varina, Wake Forest and Holly Springs will not be requiring masks, the mayors of each community announced on Friday.
The city of Raleigh announced that a mask mandate will go into effect on Friday night, and Wake County officials are also planning on issuing a mask mandate, but are still working to finalize the effective date.
If the county does implement a mask mandate, then it would only apply to residents living outside of a Wake County town or city. That’s only 17% of the county’s population, authorities said.
“Each mayor makes his or her own decision” as it pertains to a new mask mandate, county officials said. […]”
Once again the unavoidably political decisions to force masking, or not to force masking, will manifest as opposing and distinct environments, sometimes within the same county. The dichotomy will further entrench the cultural divide opened up by Pandemic Panic policies of the last 18 months. What the mask mandates won’t do? They won’t have any actual impact on the spread of the delta variant.