Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) have called for a nationwide mask-wearing mandate to be included in the next pandemic relief bill.
“Our goal is going to be, you know, to work towards including it inside of the coronavirus relief package,” Markey told reporters. “We think this is kind of common sense.”
“Making this mask-wearing mandate a part of that pandemic relief is an imperative; it’s a moral imperative,” Blumenthal told reporters at the news conference.
The two Democrat lawmakers said that their legislation would encourage people to use masks in all public spaces and outdoors where social distancing cannot be maintained.
“The solution to this pandemic requires a comprehensive strategy, including mask-wearing, physical distancing, hand-washing, even as we move into a stage in addressing the pandemic that will enable more and more people to have a vaccine,” Blumenthal said at the press conference.
In the interview, Biden also said he'd kick off his presidency, if he prevails in the contested election, by calling on all Americans to don masks for 100 days.
“On the first day I’m inaugurated, I’m going to ask the public for 100 days to mask. Just 100 days to mask—not forever, just 100 days. And I think we’ll see a significant reduction” in the CCP virus, Biden said.
New presidents often use the first 100 days to signal which issues are important to them.