Cydney Baron

Let's let rational minds prevail.

There is a percentage of the country's population that believes, or at least shares on Facebook as if they believe, that being required to wear a face mask as a precaution against COVID-19 is an infringement on their rights.

For decades, though, businesses have had a rule, "no shirt, no shoes, no service."

They've require that we wear them, we oblige, and no fuss was made.

Is this an infringement of our rights?

Restaurants require their employees to wash their hands before returning to work. Is this an infringement?

Or are these simply safety precautions meant to protect the welfare of everyone involved. Because of the freedoms that currently exist in our country, we are more than allowed to refuse to patronize businesses whose rules we do not like.

It is immensely disheartening to see national news headlines of fights breaking out and people being shot all over rules asking shoppers to wear face masks.

Things are tough enough right now without adding a nonsensical overblown reaction. Is it possible that, in the stress of this unprecedented situation, we’re overreacting and lashing out? Rather than resorting to the extremes over something as small as a face mask, perhaps we should be taking better care of one another.

I understand that there are people who do not wish to wear a face covering, for any number of reasons.

But let's recognize the issue for what it is and not resort to violence, anger, hostility, or threatening comments.

If you think a store is violating your rights by asking you to wear a mask, simply go to a different store.

Cydney Baron is the editor of the Claremore Progress.

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