Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Wisconsin Bureaucrat Makes Gov’t Employees Wear Masks for Zoom Meetings

'Set the safety example which shows you as a DNR public service employee care about the safety and health of others...'

Wuhan virus mask mandates are becoming more intrusive—and ridiculous—than ever.

Earlier this year, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams and infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci of the White House Coronavirus Task Force explained that masks wouldn’t stop the spread of the coronavirus.

They’ve since flip-flopped, with the news media and progressive Left now hounding mask-less Americans in true totalitarian form.

But while most officials try to keep the scope of their fiats limited to public situations where potential inter-personal exposure is a concern, the head of Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources is taking forced mask compliance to new heights.

According to a July 31 email to department employees, Secretary Preston Cole is requiring masks for Zoom meetings in workers’ own homes.

“Also, wear your mask, even if you are home, to participate in a virtual meeting that involves being seen—such as on Zoom or another video-conferencing platform—by non-DNR staff,” Cole wrote.

“Set the safety example which shows you as a DNR public service employee care about the safety and health of others,” he said.

The order lacks a scientific basis and common sense. It also goes farther than an already constitutionally questionable statewide mask mandate.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, issued an executive order requiring face coverings in all enclosed spaces beginning Aug. 1. Private residences, however, are exempt.

When asked why Cole is insisting on such stringent mask protocols, a spokeswoman for the Natural Resources Department told McClatchy News that the video-conferencing mandate will increase public safety.

“By wearing a mask while video conferencing with the general public, we visually remind folks that masking is an important part of navigating the business of natural resources during this tumultuous time,” she said.

The spokeswoman also said that the policy protects the department against “screenshots” of employees without masks that could be used “to suggest that state employees are not properly following the Governor’s directive.”

Critics have accurately cited Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that advise against wearing face masks when at home.

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