Fast-food giant McDonald’s confirmed on Monday that it will be requiring both staff and customers to wear masks, regardless of their vaccination status, in areas where there is a high or substantial COVID transmission rate.
A year prior to the company’s mask decision, face coverings were made mandatory. However, that restriction was lifted earlier this year.
Many businesses have decided to renew face mask restrictions as a new rise in cases of COVID-19 spreads across the U.S. Just last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that residents should be wearing masks, regardless of if they have taken any of the vaccination shots or not, after previously stating that folks who are vaccinated do not need to wear face coverings.
Major corporations, including Google, Uber, and Facebook, have mandated that employees receive vaccinations. In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday that all restaurants, gyms, and other venues will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination in a system, dubbed the “Key to NYC Pass.”
The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Washington Examiner, though the development was reported by Reuters.
Over the last two weeks, cases have risen 142%, largely due to the highly contagious delta variant, as hospitalizations jumped 83% and deaths rose 27%. A total of 50% of the U.S. population has been fully vaccinated, while 58% has received at least one dose. On Monday, the country reached a milestone when 70% of the adult population became fully inoculated against COVID-19.
So what these folks are really saying is the vaccines aren’t that much of a help with preventing the spread of this virus after all, right? Oh the left will come out and say that no vaccines actually stop the spread of a virus completely, but at least help the illness to be less powerful when it hits you.
But that’s not how they painted up the vaccine, is it? That wasn’t the narrative. At the end of the day, it seems this is really about control, right? At least it is for the government agencies involved.