In an overly dramatic attempt to show others that they "care about the safety and health of others," the head of a government agency in Wisconsin demanded that his employees wear masks even during online teleconferences, in their own homes.
“Wear your mask, even if you are home, to participate in a virtual meeting that involves being seen — such as on Zoom or another video-conferencing platform — by non-DNR staff,” said the Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) director, Preston Cole. “Set the safety example which shows you as a DNR public service employee care about the safety and health of others.”
Lifesite New reports:
Cole was said to have made the statement in a July 31 email, according to the Journal Sentinel.
McClatchy News reported that a DNR spokesperson told them that her department gave the mask mandate, as to “visually remind folks” of the “importance” of mask-wearing.
“By wearing a mask while video conferencing with the general public, we visually remind folks that masking is an important part of navigating the business of natural resources during this tumultuous time,” Sheridan was quoted as saying in the McClatchy report.
“[The reason why w]e ask staff to wear masks when on externally facing calls is that, taken out of context, a screenshot of a staff person or high ranking department official, if not properly attributed, could be misinterpreted to suggest that state employees are not properly following the Governor’s directive.”
Wisconsin Democratic governor Tony Evers mandated masks statewide indoors and in an “enclosed space.” The mandate came into effect August 1 but does not extend to private residences.
Joe Sanfelippo (R), a representative in the Wisconsin State Assembly, was quoted as saying to the Journal Sentinel that wearing a mask for the “appearance of helping” is not something he can get behind.
“I’m more inclined to support things that actually do help as opposed to just putting on an appearance of helping,” he said.
How crazy do you have to be to wear a mask in your own home?? How far are they going to take this?
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