Make Masks Mandatory
Petition to Brad Little
Require Face Masks in Idaho Shared Public Spaces
My mask protects YOU - Your mask protects ME! Idaho is currently seeing an exponential increase in COVID-19 spread. All across Idaho, people are out in shared public spaces without masks. Opening up without requiring masks in shared public spaces has backfired. Parts of Idaho are going backwards to stage 3 of the 4 stage reopening plan. This is bad for business! Failing to require masks creates an unsafe environment and forces many people to limit their activities and their support of our economy. Many are unable to restrict their activities, and are being put at unnecessary risk just to support their families. There is no end to the misinformation, confusion and conflict around the use of masks, because there has been no authoritative and expert leadership. Idahoans are better than this. We care about each other and protect each other. The best way we can do this during a global pandemic is to follow the advice of experts, who overwhelming support the use of masks in shared public spaces, in addition to social distancing measures. Those of us endangering one another are doing so unknowingly, and should not be steering our public health policies. Those of us who already understand why using masks helps to control the spread of COVID-19 are watching helplessly in horror. The decision to require masks in shared public spaces is a decision to ensure the health and welfare of every Idahoan. The sooner we control the spread of this virus, the sooner we can get back to business! Demand that Idaho Governor Brad Little orders that masks be used in shared public spaces in Idaho. Masks covering the mouth and nose, when used in addition to social distancing measures, are proven to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Many countries around the world are successfully controlling the spread of this virus by requiring masks in public spaces. More and more states and jurisdictions in the United States are requiring masks to effectively control the spread of this disease. But here in Idaho we are being left behind while our numbers climb higher than ever. Requiring masks in shared public spaces is an easy, simple and cost-effective solution to fight back against the spread COVID-19. Every Idahoan has the ability to do their part . Every day that we delay puts all Idahoans at greater risk. Demand that Idahoans are protected so we can ALL get back to the business of opening up our great state. Let's open up Idaho for ALL Idahoans. Governor Little, we implore you to require the use of masks that cover the mouth and nose in all shared public spaces.
Petition to Henry McMaster, Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Governor, South Carolina State Senate
Urge Gov. McMaster to mandate face masks in South Carolina to stop the spread of covid-19
Coronavirus is exponentially on the rise in South Carolina and the SCDHEC has repeatedly said this is not due to more testing. The main reasons are because the general population is not social distancing and not wearing masks in public. Use of masks in other states and around the world have proven to flatten the curve and mitigate the spread. This petition is to mandate the use of face masks in public by everyone, temporarily so this crisis doesn’t get worse and we can protect the most vulnerable while still keeping the economy running. It’s time to start thinking about others and not just ourselves. Please consider signing this especially if you know someone who is immuno compromised. Let’s not lose track of what matters.
Petition to Ed Eilert, Jim Allen, Becky Fast, Janee Hanzlick
Johnson County Commissioners to require face masks at all public places.
FACE MASKS SAVES LIVES ** Update** We ask the Johnson County Commission to uphold the Kansas Governor's mask mandate in its entirety. Across the metro and in many other cities nationwide we are seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases. Why wait until the increase overwhelms our hospitals and costs lives to act? A study recently published by Health Affairs "provides evidence that states in the US mandating use of face masks in public had a greater decline in daily COVID-19 growth rates after issuing these mandates compared to states that did not issue mandates." We call on the Johnson County Commission to require all Johnson County businesses and government offices to require face masks while indoors. Acting now will prevent future stay at home orders and help keep our businesses filled because patrons will feel safe. This action is in the best interest of our citizens and the business community. Please ask the Johnson County Commission to enact a policy before it's too late.
Petition to Eric J. Holcomb
Petition Mandated Masks in Indiana
At the time of this update COVID-19 has killed in excess of 138,000 deaths in the United States and deviated the economy. Businesses have closed and we have distanced ourselves from our friends and families. It is in all our interest to STOP the spread of the disease. Models of COVID-19 transmission show that if a sufficient proportion of people wear effective masks that the infection will burn out. Countries which have enacted mask laws or have a culture where mask use is the norm, have generally outperformed their counterparts in suppressing transmission, and scientific studies have shown that masks act as a barrier to transmission. In order to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in Indiana the general public should be expected to wear masks in public indoor, or enclosed spaces and outdoors when social distancing can’t be maintained. As time is of the essence to achieve this change of behavior we need government to act to ensure Hoosiers are mandated to wear masks outside of their homes.
Petition to Scott Nix, Henry Hayes Jr.
Require use of face masks by Sudbury police conducting traffic stops.
On the morning of July 6th my elderly father was involved in a traffic stop in Sudbury, Massachusetts. The officer approached the open driver’s side window without social distancing, and without a mask. Upon learning of the incident, I called the Sudbury police department and was informed that Sudbury police officers are not required to wear masks during traffic stops, and are following guidelines as laid out to them. I reminded the Sergeant that the CDC recommends face coverings for all people over the age of two, and I would expect the police department to hold the safety of the community as priority, and lead by example. The officer involved in the stop did not practice social distancing, and did not put on a mask when dealing with a high risk member of his community. That is unacceptable. I'm asking for your support in requesting the Sudbury police department use science as a guide through what has become a haze of partisan rhetoric. Requiring officers to wear masks during traffic stops, is a first step toward their contribution to ensuring the safety of vulnerable members of the community. The power dynamic of a traffic stop is such that a civilian may be uncomfortable asking an officer to step back from their car and put on a mask. It’s understandable to think such a request could affect the outcome of the stop; a warning versus a citation. It makes sense that an officer would not be able to social distance without standing in the road if the passenger’s side is occupied (it was not, in my father’s case). In such a circumstance, it should be no question that the officer then puts on a mask. Many of us are living through this pandemic with the added stress of worrying about high risk loved ones. Almost 16% of Sudbury residents are over the age of 65. That does not account for residents with chronic illnesses. That's more than 3,000 members of our community whose protection is not being taken seriously by those who are paid with taxpayer dollars to have their best interest at heart. I am asking the Sudbury police department to implement policy requiring officers wear masks during traffic stops. We have an obligation to protect vulnerable members of our society. This is a moral, not partisan, issue. We pride ourselves in Sudbury on our outstanding school system, so let’s reference the science we champion and use this opportunity to lead by example. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/older-adults.html https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/coronavirus-mask/art-20485449 https://aip.scitation.org/doi/10.1063/5.0016018
Petition to Mother Road Market
Require that customers wear masks at Mother Road Market
On June 25th, Tulsa food hall Mother Road Market announced that it would be reopening its dining room to the public and requiring that employees wear masks. It noted, however, that masks would be optional for customers. Given that this is a regional and national attraction located along Route 66 that attracts customers from all over, this is a major failing for our community's dedication to preventing the spread of COVID19. Research shows that mask-wearing by both parties (healthy and sick/asymptomatic) reduces the transmission of COVID19 to healthy persons by as much as 95%. Requiring that customers wear masks would not only show dedication to protecting MRM's employees from illness, but also ensure that those preparing customers' food be protected. This is essential to protecting our community from the record high levels of COVID19 infections we have seen in recent days.
Petition to Newegg CEO, Newegg HR, Newegg CEO Office, Newegg Employees, NeweggersWFH
Newegg: Cease Rotational Shifts, Start Work From Home, and require Face Masks in Office
In March, we had a brief period of work from home (WFH) but currently, we are now being pressured to go back into office and risk exposing ourselves and our families to COVID-19. We are asking Newegg to put the health and safety of its workers first and to bring itself back into compliance of the guidelines set forth by the State of California, and the County of Los Angeles. Newegg must: 1. Immediately close its non-essential indoor office operations as ordered by Gov. Newsom 2. Mandate the proper wearing of face masks by everyone in the office per Department of Public Health guidelines. On July 13th, California State Governor Gavin Newsom issued a state order for Los Angeles county to close “offices for non-essential sectors” effective immediately. Currently 33 out of 58 counties in California are under those additional state mandated restrictions, LA County included. (https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/) Counties that have remained on the County Monitoring List for 3 consecutive days will be required to shut down the following industries or activities unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up. Offices for non-essential sectors Furthermore, the offices of Newegg is considered not to be an essential sector according to the State of California. Here is a link of the types of jobs that California lists as essential: (https://covid19.ca.gov/img/EssentialCriticalInfrastructureWorkers.pdf) If you look at page 22 of the CA.GOV link above, you will find the following relevant statements: 13. INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL, RESIDENTIAL, and SHELTERING FACILITIES AND SERVICES Essential Workforce, if remote working is not practical: 5. Workers in hardware and building materials stores, consumer electronics, technology and appliances retail, and related merchant retailers, wholesalers and distributors that support essential workforce functions where sales and operations cannot be conducted online. The statement above proves that Newegg is an non-essential office and is required to immediately implement measures for employees to Work From Home (WFH) per Gov. Newsom’s orders. We ask for Newegg to start WFH for all non-essential office personnel immediately per state orders. During a July 13th press conference, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said the following statements highlighting the scale of the Coronavirus Pandemic: “’Los Angeles County now has more confirmed cases of the coronavirus than ‘all of Canada.’ If LA county was an independent country, it would have the 20th most cases in the world. We have never had as many people infected or infectious. We have never had as many recorded positive cases each day. And we've never had as many people in the hospital as there are tonight as I speak to you in Los Angeles,’ Garcetti said.” (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/los-angeles-county-has-more-cases-of-coronavirus-than-the-entire-country-of-canada-la-mayor-says/) Health officials in Los Angeles County report 1 in 140 people are currently infected with COVID-19. "Over the course of the coming week, it is estimated that [1 out of 140] will fall to 1 out of 100 or even 1 out of 70 residents of LA county," said Mayor Eric Garcetti. Currently as of July 20th, California is the #2 state with the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 at 397,870 confirmed cases. More shockingly, 40% of the confirmed cases in California is right here at home in Los Angeles County with 159,045 confirmed cases. You can view the data yourself with this COVID-19 tracker by John Hopkins University: (https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html?fbclid=IwAR0jxCWZm6_atgbc5GoMXElVIVApYcp8S0R6xZGgXI7hqh5xwGBC03peM4Y#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6) In addition to implementing WFH measures, we are asking Newegg to require and enforce the proper wearing of face masks in the office per the guideline set forth by the LA County Department of Public Health: Everyone is asked to wear a face covering when they are interacting with others who are not members of their household in public and private spaces. (http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/protection/GuidanceClothFaceCoverings.pdf) While HR does recommend for us to wear masks, we still have many people in office not wearing their masks, especially within top management. The people we most look up to are setting a bad example to their employees and making us feel uncomfortable. When I walk around in the office, roughly 40% of the employees I see are not wearing their masks, either at their desks or walking around. This is concerning because COVID-19 is able to spread airborne thru the air conditioning system of enclosed spaces. Indoor spaces with ventilation systems and lots of people are concerning from a transmission standpoint. Air conditioning can definitely make droplets containing infectious virus particles spread farther. (https://www.health.com/condition/infectious-diseases/coronavirus/can-air-conditioning-spread-covid-19) Wearing a face mask is not to protect yourself, but to protect others. We rely on other people wearing their face masks in order to protect ourselves. Also importantly, in order for your face mask to be effective you have to wear it properly; that means covering both your nose and your mouth completely. Please wear a face mask; if it can help save one life, then it should be enforced and encouraged per the LA County Dept. of Public Health guidelines cited above. However, in the end face masks only reduce the risks. The only way to completely protect Newegg employees is by working from home and avoiding contact with people. Rotational schedules will not work because you are still exposing yourself to people outside your household for prolonged periods of time, 8+ hours. It is wrong for management to pressure workers to go back to the office and expose ourselves to potential danger. We should never have to choose between the safety of our parents, loved ones and our jobs. Family always comes first. It is up to us to make a change for our own safety and the safety of our families. Please don’t be fooled by the low fatality rate of this virus. In fact, for people over 65 years old and whom have one or more underlying health conditions, their fatality rate is around 10%. Additionally, half of the people who are put on ventilators don’t survive. Families that catch this virus are ripped apart as you cannot visit loved ones in the hospital; you can’t hold their hands and be there for them. The victims of COVID-19 will die alone in a hospital, far from their loved ones. It is up to us to prevent that. Please join us in asking Newegg the following two demands: Implement full-time Work From Home procedures as ordered by Gov. Newsom. Implement and enforce wearing of face masks full-time for people in the office. Thank you for supporting this petition, -The Employees of Newegg
Petition to Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee Common Council
Milwaukee should require masks in public places to protect residents
Medical professionals, health officials and scientists say that wearing face masks helps prevent the spread of the deadly Covid-19. The City of Milwaukee should require everyone to wear masks and practice physical distancing in public places. Many city, county and state governments already require this. Milwaukee should protect its residents, too, so they're safe as possible. Masks help prevent a wearer from infecting others. But mask wearers are not protected if others don't wear masks. Not wearing masks puts everyone in public spaces -- including customers and employees -- at risk. While some businesses require masks for everyone, others do not. There's no way a consumer can know where masks are required. Without rules, some people won't wear masks, even though they could infect others. With everyone wearing masks, workers and businesses will benefit, as more people feel safe to spend money at Milwaukee businesses. Can we truly reopen if we don't make Milwaukee public spaces as safe as possible? The City of Milwaukee should require that people wear masks in public places and maintain physical distancing until health professionals say these practices are no longer needed. The alternative is more lockdowns, business failures, and serious illness and death.