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Wear Masks: Justice made right call, so let’s do our part

Gov. Jim Justice has done precisely the right thing in requiring face masks or cloth coverings for all public and private buildings except for homes. Our state is seeing increases in the number of COVID-19 cases that make what was happening back in April pale in comparison.

To some degree an increase in cases was expected with the relaxation of precautions and social distancing orders. Reopening our state’s economy was necessary, and officials did the best they could. Now we know that if that reopening is to continue, we cannot rely on the common sense of those who could not be trusted to wear a mask and follow other guidance when they were out and about.

“I absolutely think it’s the right thing to do,” Justice said Monday. “I know it’s not the popular thing to do, but absolutely at this point in time it’s the only right thing to do.”

After talking about the most recent reported deaths from the virus (there have been at least 95 so far), Justice said “But you didn’t elect me to do popular things.”

No, we did not. And with 87 new cases reported Sunday alone (the previous record for a single day in West Virginia was 73, happening on two occasions in April), an unpopular thing IS the right thing to do to keep Mountain State residents as safe as possible.

Now it is up to the rest of us to act like adults when we are told we must put on a mask when entering buildings. Do not give people a hard time for enforcing the governor’s order, folks. Don’t cause a scene. They are following the rules put in place to keep you and everyone else healthy. If you don’t want to wear a mask, stay home.

The rest of us have got an economy to keep running.

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