As states throughout the United States have steadily moved ahead in the past handful of weeks with resuming operations, demonstrators who are part of a tiny but seemingly expanding campaign have persisted in driving for it to speed up. And a solitary, rather-noticeable development has become viewed as a political statement: donning a mask, according to The Washington Post.
A journalist at a Minnesota news agency was even badgered this week for donning a mask while reporting on one of the demonstrations.
However, over the border in North Dakota, Republican Gov. Doug Burgum pled for the ending of such behavior.
Burgum offered that the dispute over masks was being unnecessarily politicized and that those who are resisting health experts’ direction ought to reconsider their stance.
“I would really love to see in North Dakota that we could just skip this thing that other parts of the nation are going through where they’re trading a divide — either it’s ideological or political or something — around masks versus no mask,” Burgum stated. “This is a, I would say, senseless dividing line, and I would ask people to try to dial up your empathy and your understanding.”