North Dakota governor delivers plea against ‘mask shaming’
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is asking residents to avoid “mask shaming” people who are wearing protective gear because of the coronavirus.
The Republican governor and ardent Donald Trump supporter says people who choose to wear masks deserve “support and encouragement” because they may be protecting someone who is vulnerable to the virus. Burgum says masks could be the new normal and compared them to the evolution of helmets for bicyclists, hockey players and bull riders.
Trump has declined to wear face coverings during his recent trips outside of Washington. Meanwhile, the state’s daily COVID-19 cases nearly dropped in half in the last day, with roughly the same amount of tests from Friday.