(UnitedVoice.com) – The leaders of Lincoln County, Oregon have reversed a decision concerning their mask mandate after significant backlash across the nation. On June 17, 2020, the internet was on fire with voices of concern over an order exempting people of color from the order.
People of color are exempt from Oregon county's mandatory mask order https://t.co/v5EYXYiHGR
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 24, 2020
Those in the county were originally instructed wearing masks to protect people from COVID-19 was mandatory, unless you were a person of color (POC). Lincoln County leaders somehow felt that wearing them made POC subject to racial profiling. That seems like an odd take on the issue, when the masks are supposed to be for safety, and Black men are among the high-risk groups for developing the symptoms of COVID-19. In any case, even POC were contacting Lincoln County leaders to reverse the decision, saying the mandate made them a target.
As a result, as of June 24, 2020, all citizens are required to wear masks, with the exception of those with relevant disabilities or health issues that make it dangerous for them, and children under the age of 2. Those between the ages of 2 and 12 are encouraged to wear masks, but not required to. The POC exception has been removed, and the leaders of Lincoln County have expressed their regret.
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