Alaska Governor to Biden: 'Keep Your Mask Mandate,' Let Citizens 'Live Their Lives'
Gov. Mike Dunleavy responds to Biden in tweet
Alaska’s Gov. Mike Dunleavy blasted Joe Biden for calling on every governor in the United States to institute or maintain a coronavirus mask mandate.
Dunleavy responded, “No thanks,” to Biden's calls.
“I'm reiterating my call for every governor, mayor, and local leader to maintain and reinstate the mask mandate,” Biden said Monday in a speech.
“Reinstate the mandate if you let it down. And businesses should require masks, as well,” Biden said.
"The failure to take this virus seriously — precisely what got us in this mess in the first place — risks more cases and more dests [sic] — deaths."
"Look, as I do my part to accelerate the vaccine distribution and vaccinations, I need the American people to do their part as well."
Dunleavy (R-Alaska) replied to Biden in a Twitter post saying he would trust citizens and give them the freedom to live their lives as they see fit:
"No thanks, @POTUS - you can keep your mask mandate."
“We’ll keep doing it the #Alaska way: trust the people & let them live their lives.”
The “Alaska way,” according to the state’s “COVID-19 Information” webpage, is to recommend masks but not force them.
“The state does not require the use of masks by the public; however, health and science experts recommended that you wear a mask in public wherever social distancing is challenging.”
The website advises to “practice social distancing,” “practice good hygiene,” and “get tested if you are sick.”
Dunleavy links in his tweet, “Biden Tells Cities And States To Pause Reopening, Bring Back Mask Mandates,” 16 states – all with Republican governors – do not currently have mask mandates:
“16. That’s how many states, all with Republican governors, have no mask restrictions in place, compared to 31 that have mask mandates and 3 that have partial requirements, according to the New York Times."
"All but 7 states, meanwhile, have allowed businesses to mostly reopen, while no states have an active stay-at-home order.”