Lawmakers Get Tough with Mask Requirements

Governing: Whatever pictures of holiday beach crowds or political rallies might suggest, most Americans aren't opposed to wearing masks. A Pew survey in late August found that 85 percent of all adults said they had worn a face covering or mask in public “all or most of the time” in the past month, up from 65 percent in June.

Thirty-four states have made it mandatory to wear masks in public. Even so, there is still enough confusion and controversy around the subject to prompt violent confrontations at times. This could be a manifestation of “American individualism,” but it’s also true that there have been inconsistencies in messaging.

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