Maine State Legislature John Andrews (L) is protesting a new rule that mandates masks be worn in public spaces in the state house.
From the Sun Journal:
The Maine House of Representatives delayed a floor session Wednesday after a lawmaker from Paris refused to follow the Legislature’s COVID-19 prevention policy requiring that masks be worn in public spaces at the State House.
Rep. John Andrews, a Libertarian Party member who left the Republican Party earlier this year, said his decision was an act of civil disobedience.
His act prompted Democratic House Speaker Ryan Fecteau of Biddeford to call a meeting of the House Ethics Committee, which questioned Andrews and unanimously voted to draft a letter of reprimand. Andrews agreed to leave the State House voluntarily but was given permission to remain on the grounds outside without a mask.
His arguments center around the guidance that has been issued by the Center for Disease Control that says fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear masks inside our outside.
“I’m a fully vaccinated person,” Andrews said. He said he was making a stand to represent many of his constituents, who believed it was “beyond time to get back to normal.”
This type of scenario is targeting individuals who have done the right thing and have been vaccinated. Andrews is right. The time for normalcy is now. Encouraging people to get vaccinated and offering them an incentive to do so, like going maskless, will end this pandemic and get our lives back to normal. This is just a power grab by power hungry politicians that want to wave the sword in everyone’s faces and control their actions.