Mandate? Really??

Last week’s announcement from Governor Hutchinson about Monday’s mask mandate seemed counter to previous positions on dealing with the current virus situation. It goes further than the Federal in mask requirements. There is, currently, no Federal mask mandate.

My first reaction was surprise. I didn’t expect the Governor to ‘mandate’ anything. In early messages he gave a lot of credit to the people of Arkansas for doing the right thing. I applauded this attitude and found it to be true, at least in our area of the state. So, why a mandate and why now?

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