Doesn’t it seem a bit monarchical for a federal government to impose sweeping laws with criminal penalties from Americans without so much as a thought to pass a law through Congress? And if we no longer really have a representative government, are they governing by the consent of the governed?
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a sweeping order late Friday requiring the use of face masks on nearly all forms of public transportation from Tuesday as the country continues to report thousands of daily COVID-19 deaths.
The order, which takes effect at 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, requires face masks to be worn by all travelers on airplanes, ships, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares and at transportation hubs like airports, bus or ferry terminals, train and subway stations and seaports.
The CDC said people violating the order could potentially face criminal penalties, but suggested civil penalties would be more likely if needed.