Editorial: Getting back to normal means taking advised steps

Published 8:15 pm Tuesday, July 28, 2020

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The decision on the wearing of masks by Gov. Tim Walz this past week has been met with both support and derision.

Walz’s signing of a mask mandate requires people to wear a mask indoors at public places.

Like it or not, there is now a trend requiring more mask wearing and it seems that for the most part, people are starting to accept this idea.

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A recent poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that three out of four Americans, including a majority of Republicans, favor requiring people to wear face coverings while outside their homes.

Public health officials have advocated over and over again simple steps that could have a big affect on keeping COVID-19 numbers down. Those steps include: washing hands frequently, avoid crowds (especially indoors) and wearing a mask when going outside.

The poll backed up the support of this as well, showing that 95% of Democrats and 75% of Republicans are wearing coverings when they leave their homes. Eighty-six percent of Americans overall were wearing masks, up 73% in May.

For many who are upset by these mandates, it’s the idea of being told how to live their lives by a government entity. Rather, they are free to do as they wish.

To be sure, nobody likes being told how to live their lives and we all want to get back to normal, but in this case, getting back to normal requires the step of wearing a mask in public.

It has been proven again and again that wearing masks protects others and cuts down the chance of spreading the coronavirus.

As numbers spike across the country, it’s important now more than ever to do what we can and yes, that requires wearing a mask.