The effort to ban mask mandates on public transportation is gaining steam as another big supporter has joined the fight. Former governor and current presidential candidate Mike Huckabee recently voiced his support for a ban on the so-called “mask mandates” that have been imposed in a number of major U.S. cities. Huckabee joins a number of other prominent public figures, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who have made similar statements in recent weeks.
Opposition to the mask mandates appears to be increasingly popular as more people voice their concerns about what they see as government overreach. Critics of the mandates argue that they are unnecessarily infringing on personal freedoms and compromising the health of the public by forcing people to wear masks even when there is no scientific evidence that doing so is actually beneficial.
Proponents of the mandates, however, argue that they are necessary to protect the safety of the public and help to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Public health officials, doctors, and medical experts all affirm that wearing a face covering as one aspect of a multi-pronged approach to combatting the virus, in addition to hand-washing, social distancing, and other preventative measures.
It seems clear that the debate over public mask mandates will remain a contentious issue as states and cities continue to grapple with how to manage the pandemic. For now, the fight is sure to intensify with the support of a prominent figure like Mike Huckabee, as the anti-mandate movement continues to gain momentum.