Biden Calls for National Outdoor Mask Mandate: ‘Next Three Months at a Minimum’
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said at a news briefing Thursday he wants a mandate to force every American citizen to wear a mask while outdoors at all times until November.
Reading from a prepared statement from Wilmington, Delaware, Biden said a mandate for masks would be necessary for the next three months, The Hill reported.
“There’s overwhelming evidence, overwhelming evidence, that the mask, and depending on the type of mask that you wear, increases exponentially the prospect that you, if you are a carrier and you don’t even know it, that you will not infect anyone when you cough, sneeze, sing, shout,” the former vice president said.
Calling forcing masks onto citizens a “simple proposition,” he said, “Every single American should be wearing a mask when they are outside for the next three months at a minimum.”
“Every governor should mandate — every governor should mandate — mandatory mask-wearing,” Biden said.
“The estimates are it will save over 40,000 lives in the next three months,” he continued.
Biden again repeated the claim that “40,000 lives will be saved” by masks, which he said could happen “if people act responsibly.”
“It’s not about your rights. It’s about your responsibilities, as an American,” he said.