Lifting Arizona’s mask mandates now would be a massive mistake

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Opinion: An effort in the Arizona House to undermine face mask directives is the wrong remedy at the wrong time.

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Republican leaders in Sunbelt states are in a hurry to get rid of face masks as COVID-19 vaccine distribution merges with natural immunity to start pushing down transmission rates.

In Arizona, Joseph Chaplik, a Scottsdale Republican, has introduced House Bill 2770 that would give businesses the option of ignoring mask mandates.

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He calls it a matter of “freedom and liberties.”

Chaplik’s bill passed the House on a 31-28 party-line vote, with Democrats opposing.

There will no doubt come a time when this pandemic is behind us and face masks no longer make sense, but that time is not now.

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