As areas of the U.S. rush to return to masking mandates, Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo took the exact opposite stance. On Thursday, he blasted these rules as “terrible policies” and urged citizens of the Sunshine State to resist their comeback.
Morris Brown College in Atlanta announced it reinstated mask mandates despite not recording a single case of COVID on campus. California’s Lionsgate film studio briefly restored masking restrictions for some of its Santa Monica offices.
It then said the coronavirus spread was contained and therefore the mandate was lifted.
Also, major universities such as Rutgers and Georgetown continue to enforce vaccine requirements and even masking rules for students and faculty.
But not Lapado. Posting on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, he said masking is not “sanity.”
The surgeon general asked, “What do you call re-imposing mask policies that have been proven ineffective or restarting lockdowns that are known to cause harm?”
Mask mandates are returning.
These are unsupported by scientific evidence.
They are motivated by superstition and power.
This is a battle for freedom and truth.
Do not comply. pic.twitter.com/4p73ZtPi63
— Kevin Bass PhD MS (@kevinnbass) August 22, 2023
Lapado added that these draconian protocols “only work with your cooperation” and called on civil resistance against their implementation. This ran counter to what some in the left-wing media are once again preaching.
On Wednesday, CNN published an article titled, “It may be time to break out the masks against COVID, some experts say.” Then a CBS News mouthpiece argued that masks should make a strong comeback for “people 65-plus and people who are immunocompromised.”
Since the start of his time working with Florida Gov. and GOP presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis, Lapado debunked the masking narrative. He called arguments in their favor “a lie” and declared “it needs to stop and people need to un-believe it.”
He sparked further controversy by resisting mask requirements for schools. Lapado emphasized that data did not support mandates for educational institutions and it should be parents and not politicians or bureaucrats making those decisions.
The Harvard Medical School graduate insisted that his state would stay “close to the data.” Further, it did not justify forcing masks onto even the smallest children.
And now that forces that took advantage of the pandemic scare are rumbling again, Lapado is again on the forefront pushing back. It appears more will be necessary as a now-familiar playbook is back with another national election looming.