North Carolina Republicans Vote To Ban Masks In Public

By Bo Beard | May 22, 2024

Ongoing protests

In North Carolina, Republican legislators are advancing their initiative to revoke a pandemic-related regulation that permitted the use of masks in public for health purposes. 

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Discussions during a committee hearing emphasized that masking for health purposes would be in contravention of the proposed legislation. “You're making careful people into criminals with this bill,” Democratic Sen. Natasha Marcus of Mecklenburg County said on the Senate floor. “It's a bad law.” 

A bad law

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This decision was partly influenced by ongoing protests against the conflict in Gaza, where demonstrators wearing masks have been rallying on college campuses.