Aspiring presidential nominee Joe Biden said Thursday he would use federal power to make it mandatory for Americans to wear face masks in public. Biden explained that the widespread use of this personal protective equipment will allow the country to reopen and recover from the coronavirus shutdown much sooner.
In a recent interview, Biden said: “The one thing we do know, these masks make a gigantic difference. I would insist that everybody in public is wearing that mask.” “Anyone to reopen, it would have to make sure that they walked into a business that had masks,” he added.
Biden said he will do everything possible — even use “federal leverage” to make it mandatory to wear face masks in public spaces. Mask-wearing and social distancing are already required in a few states, while a number only recommend that their citizens wear masks.
The use of facial masks is still a highly-debated topic in many parts of the country. While some lawmakers are for it, President Trump himself is not 100% sold on wearing it.
Last week, the President was quoted by the Wall Street Journal: “They put their finger on the mask, and they take them off, and then they start touching their eyes and touching their nose and their mouth. And then they don’t know how they caught it?”
Experts from the Centers for Disease Control recommend wearing cloth face coverings in public spaces, especially in places or situations where social distancing measures cannot be applied. Examples of these are grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations.
Issuing a federal mandate to require people to wear face masks is surely an unpopular decision, but given the circumstances, it may be a step in the right direction.