Yes, there are plenty of people who share that opinion in the above headline about permanent masking. More than we know.
Last month news broke that Oregon was bucking a national trend of states removing COVID restrictions. Michael Wood, administrator of Oregon’s department of Occupational Safety and Health announced he was considering indefinitely extending rules requiring masks and social distancing in all businesses in the state.
Nearly 60,000 residents signed a petition against the proposal.
“When will masks be unnecessary?” said state Sen. Kim Thatcher, a Republican from Keizer, near the state’s capital. “Businesses have had to play ‘mask cop’ for the better part of a year now. They deserve some certainty on when they will no longer be threatened with fines.”
On May 4th Oregon adopted a rule Tuesday to continue to require use of masks, physical distancing and other measures in the workplace until they are no longer needed. God only knows when that will be.
And get a load of this. The Guardian bent over backwards to find women who are quite comfortable with never taking off their masks:
Aimee, a 44-year-old screenwriter who lives in Los Angeles, said that wearing a mask in public even after she’s been vaccinated gives her a kind of “emotional freedom”. “I don’t want to feel the pressure of smiling at people to make sure everyone knows I’m ‘friendly’ and ‘likable’,” she said. “It’s almost like taking away the male gaze. There’s freedom in taking that power back.”
You can’t make this crap up.
Read all the details here.