WASHINGTON, D.C. – Despite recent studies proving that face masks are critical in preventing the spread of COVID-19, governors in some surging states refuse to institute face mask requirements — with some going so far as to discourage such requirements — in order to protect people’s health.

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts reportedly threatened to withhold shares of the state’s allotted $100 million of federal COVID-19 relief money from local governments that require people to wear face masks upon entering public buildings. Many localities are in serious need of these funds — making the governor’s proposition a nonstarter, and putting people’s health at higher risk.

“Study after study shows wearing masks is crucial to keeping people safe and limiting the spread of the coronavirus. There is no reasonable scientific or public health reason not to require people to wear masks. Governor Ricketts threatening to starve local leaders of desperately needed funds to earn cheap political points is dangerous and shameful,” said Kyle Herrig, president of Accountable.US.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases are surging in states across the nation that have failed to require their citizens to wear masks in public:


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