Presumptive President-elect Joe Biden plans to “ask” all Americans to wear face masks for the first 100 days after he takes office in January.
In a Thursday interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Biden said that he believes 100 to be the magical amount of masked-up days needed to stifle the spread of COVID-19.
“On the first day I’m inaugurated, I’m going to ask the public for 100 days to mask. Just 100 days to mask, not forever, just 100 days,” Biden said. “I think we’ll see a significant reduction.”
Joe Biden says he will ask all Americans to wear a mask for the first 100 days of his administration:
“Just 100 days to mask. Not forever. 100 days and I think we’ll see a significant reduction… drive down the numbers considerably.”
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) December 3, 2020
Biden has previously declared wearing a mask to be a “patriotic duty,” not a political statement.
Wearing a mask isn't a political statement — it's a patriotic duty.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 20, 2020
As we’ve previously reported, Biden admitted on the Biden-Harris administration transition website that he would not have the authority to enforce a nationwide mask mandate. Instead, Biden expressed his plan to enlist the help of governors, as well as state and local-level officials to force every American to mask up:
Implement mask mandates nationwide by working with governors and mayors and by asking the American people to do what they do best: step up in a time of crisis.
Experts agree that tens of thousands of lives can be saved if Americans wear masks. President-elect Biden will continue to call on:
Every American to wear a mask when they are around people outside their household.
Every Governor to make that mandatory in their state.
Local authorities to also make it mandatory to buttress their state orders.
At that time, Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel criticized Biden’s plan, explaining that masks are “the icing on the physical distancing cake” and should be worn properly, but that more draconian approaches like mandates could carry consequences.
“I think masks are quite useful, but they have a place and they’re not the be-all and end-all,” Siegel told Fox. “I’m worried that mandating this with fines and such may actually lead to more of a rebellion against it.”
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