President Biden on Monday appealed to governors, mayors and other local leaders to reinstate mask mandates to help America overcome the coronavirus pandemic.
Biden said in an address about a new expansion in COVID vaccine sites, “This is not politics. Reinstate the mandate if you let it down, and businesses should require masks as well.”
He added that “The failure to take this virus seriously [is] precisely what got us into this mess in the first place.”
The president’s appeal comes at the heels of CDC Director Rochelle Walensky’s warning about a potential fourth wave of COVID-19 cases.
The truth is, while vaccines are rolling out across the country, masking and social distancing will help protect the nation from another wave.
However, state and local lawmakers are lifting COVID-19 restrictions, including mask orders.