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Biden Asks Governors To Reinstate Mask Mandate: "Please, This Is Not Politics"

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President Joe Biden called on governors that have lifted mask mandates in their states to reimpose them in remarks delivered Monday updating the public on the administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier in March, Biden called the decision by the governors of Mississippi and Texas to lift mask mandates "Neanderthal thinking."

"I'm reiterating my call for every governor, mayor, and local leader to maintain and reinstate the mask mandate," Biden said. " Please, this is not politics. Reinstate the mandate if you let it down. And business should require masks as well. The failure to take this virus seriously — precisely what got us in this mess in the first place — risks more cases and more dests [sic] — deaths."

"Look, as I do my part to accelerate the vaccine distribution and vaccinations, I need the American people to do their part as well," Biden said.


"Mask up. Mask up. It’s a patriotic duty," the president insisted. "It’s the only way we ever get back to normal — to cheer together in stadiums full of fans; to gather together on holidays again safely; go to graduations, weddings."

According to Twitter chartist @ianmSC, states that lifted math mandates have seen a drop in new daily COVID cases:

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