As many American cities report exponential case development, leaders elsewhere are transferring rapidly to require face coverings in hopes of avoiding the same destiny.
“Let’s be taught from Texas and Florida and what’s taking place there now,” Dr. Rex Archer, the director of well being in Kansas Metropolis, Mo., mentioned Friday as his metropolis moved to require masks inside companies. “Their mitigations and closures weren’t as rapidly adopted or embraced.”
In Anchorage, the place case numbers are rising however not exploding, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz mentioned masks can be required at eating places and shops subsequent week. Taking that step now, he mentioned, might restrict the necessity for extra drastic steps later.
“I don’t need to return to a hunker-down interval,” Mr. Berkowitz mentioned.
And in Little Rock, Ark., the place instances have been ticking upward, Mayor Frank Scott Jr. cited alarming epidemiological forecasts in an order requiring masks in his metropolis. Mr. Scott mentioned he had not too long ago examined destructive for the virus.
“Through the check outcomes ready interval, my thoughts was centered on the occasions I inadvertently did not the place a masks, and whom might have been impacted,” Mr. Scott mentioned on Twitter.
However People over all have acquired combined messages from the beginning of the pandemic concerning the want for masks. The surgeon common in February tweeted a message encouraging People to “STOP BUYING MASKS! They’re NOT efficient in stopping common public from catching” the coronavirus. However the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention now recommends material face coverings “in public settings the place different social distancing measures are troublesome to keep up.”
Even in some states with surging outbreaks, the steerage has been inconsistent. In Texas, for instance, Gov. Greg Abbott declared the state open for enterprise, however as instances started to rise he urged Texans to remain house. He has mentioned Texans ought to put on masks, however he has refused to challenge a statewide mandate.