The controversy of mandating the wearing of masks and imposing tighter restrictions to control the spread of the coronavirus in several southern U.S., especially in Florida, Georgia and Texas, is raging.
A teacher’s union in Florida is suing the state and Governor Ron DeSantis to halt his ordered full reopening of classrooms in a few weeks.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp squared off against the mayor of his largest city to stop Atlanta from enforcing a mandate that people wear face coverings in public. A court hearing on a mask lawsuit filed by the governor against Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms personally, was postponed on Tuesday after the judge recused herself at the last minute.
And in Texas, Governor Greg Abbott overruled a county that wants residents to stay home, saying existing measures on wearing masks and social distancing were enough to keep businesses in the Rio Grande Valley on the border with Mexico from having to shut down.
Also, Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas mandated last week, that face masks are required in public and took effect on Monday. There are a lot of very unhappy people Gov. Hutchinson in Arkansas according to numerous sources and social media posts.
Neither Florida nor Georgia have issued statewide mask mandates. Texas’ Abbott initially resisted requiring masks but earlier this month agreed to mandate them in most counties.
Several sheriff’s across California are also against masks and several people are protesting in southern California. Pastors throughout California as well as mothers are fighting the lockdown and violation of several rights to a free education and to gather and worship God.