Surgeon General Jerome Adams Says National Mask Mandate Would be Too Hard to Enforce

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A number of governors have required residents to wear face masks

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams expressed concerns about a discussed national mandate requiring the use of face coverings, in part due to a lack of enforcement mechanisms and concerns of over-policing in the wake of nationwide protests against racial injustice and police brutality. (Fox DC image)

(FOX NEWS) – U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams expressed concerns about a discussed national mandate requiring the use of face coverings, in part due to a lack of enforcement mechanisms and concerns of over-policing in the wake of nationwide protests against racial injustice and police brutality.

“Someone has to explain to me how a nationwide mask mandate would actually function,” Adams told a local Fox affiliate in an interview published Wednesday. “The authority to do that lies at the state and local level.

“We aren’t going to send in the National Guard or the Army to enforce a national mandate,” he added in his interview with Fox 5 in Washington, D.C. “We don’t have an enforcement mechanism to do that, number one.

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