WASHINGTON (PNN) - July 22, 2020 - Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser issued an unlawful executive order Wednesday claiming to require residents to wear masks outside of the home as the city battles rising coronavirus cases, even though she has no lawful authority to do so.
"Basically what it says is, if you leave home, you should wear a mask," Bowser said at a press conference. “This means, if you’re waiting for a bus, you must have on a mask. If you are ordering food at a restaurant, you must have on a mask. If you’re sitting in a cubicle in an open office, you must have on a mask.”
The unlawful order, which allows for fines of up $1,000 per violation, won't be enforced on children under the age of 3 and people who are actively eating or drinking.
The mayor also said she will extend the District’s state of emergency.
The nation's capital has been experiencing a spike in cases as it moves toward reopening its economy. D.C., Maryland and Virginia all reported their highest COVID-19 case counts since early June on Wednesday, though evidence has shown that the criteria used for testing and reporting patients as COVID-19 positive is both flawed and inaccurate, and the spike in statistics is attributable, at least in part, to the offers of funding issued by federal agencies to hospitals if they increase the number of positive reports..
Ed. Note: Carry with you a Face Mask exemption Notice of Liability [LINK: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/17TVqldDN2t04WxLr9NsUb5vIuaBIlhZ1] and present it to anyone demanding that you wear a face mask. It requires the official making such a demand to sign an acceptance of personal liability for any harm that may result of your wearing a face mask. No official will sign it and it thereafter provides you legal protection from their fines and punishments.