Rumor vs Reality

Rumor: You can't legally force me to wear a mask - it violates my rights. Reality: Mask mandates are legal.

Published September 24, 2020

The courts have ruled in other cases that behavior that puts the health of others at risk can be regulated. That’s why you can’t smoke in a bar in most states —second-hand smoke puts others at risk. Not wearing a mask also puts people at risk, so the government can mandate you wear one. Private businesses can also legally require masks. It’s like a “no shirt, no shoes, no service” policy. As long as the store applies to everyone equally, it is legal.

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