Is it a case of do as I say not as I do? Dr. Anthony Fauci was all smiles last night at the Yankees vs Nationals game in Washington D.C. despite bouncing the ceremonial first pitch wide left.
But wait a minute, we shouldn’t be able to see Dr. Fauci’s smile if his protective mask is properly in place. Also, the country’s top infectious diseases specialist is well within the six foot social distancing guideline. “If you’re not wearing it properly, it’s like you’re not wearing it at all.” according to an officer in Miami who fined a man for having his nose exposed while wearing a mask. #MaskTrap The similar Dr. Fauci mask-slip has prompted the Twitter #FauciTheFraud to trend.
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— Robert J. O'Neill (@mchooyah) July 24, 2020
Americans are warned to wear their masks whenever in public, especially if social distancing is not possible. Broward County even mandates that residents wear masks while home on their property. Actually, the ordinance is confusing:
6. Do I need to wear a facial covering when I have guests in my home? Do my guests need to wear a facial covering?
EO 20-21 requires that all persons wear a facial covering while outside of their residential property if social distancing of at least six feet (6’) between persons not of the same household cannot be consistently maintained. [EO 20-21, Section 3]. Therefore, you are not required under EO 20-21 to wear a facial covering if you are on your own residential property. However, your guests need to wear a facial covering both inside of your home and in outside areas like a backyard or patio whenever social distancing of at least six feet (6’) cannot be consistently maintained.
Mask-wearing rules have sparked rage-fueled fights prompting some to pull a weapon. Also, Americans have been threatened with hefty monitory fines or even jailed for not wearing a mask in public. An Oregon man was arrested by the Sweet Home police chief and was booked him into the city’s jail for failure to appear and contempt of court.
Enforcement of the COVID-19 mask mandates is murky. Sheriffs have said they don’t have the capacity to follow up on complaints. Oregon’s governor has left it up to counties to decide how to enforce the rule. And some individual jurisdictions have their own guidelines.
Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser enacted a strict mask order on Wednesday ordering people over the age of two leaving their homes would be required to wear a mask with the threat of a fine of up to $1,000 for violating the order.
In Miami-Dade a man whose masked had slipped off his nose got caught in a “mask trap.” Dean Gonzalez was wearing his face mask when he went to a supermarket in North Miami Beach, but he received a $110 citation anyway.
He said there were police officers who were not wearing their uniforms waiting for people outside. Gonzalez recorded a video of his interaction with police officers.
“It was like a trap,” Gonzalez said. “It was a mask trap.”
Gonzalez said that as he was talking to police officers the face mask he was wearing moved down “a little bit” and exposed his nose. That was enough for the officer to threaten Gonzalez with arrest.
“You have to wear it properly,” the officer said. “If you’re not wearing it properly, it’s like you’re not wearing it at all.” Tell that to Dr. Fauci.
Gonzalez was furious.
“Use a little more common sense than ticketing people with masks on their actual face. Why don’t you go after people who have no mask,” Gonzalez said.
Even the president finally succumbed to pressure and donned a mask in public.
In March, Fauci said there was “no reason to be walking around with a mask” even though it “might make people feel a little bit better” but has since reversed his opinion in favor of frequent mask-wearing.
Many criticized the mask slip. “And there’s Dr. Anthony Fauci showing us all he knows exactly how well masks work!” wrote former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson. “Thanks for the lesson, doc.”