Florida Senator Rick Scott (R) penned an op-ed on the Fox News website, discussing how government officials should not mandate the wearing of masks and should instead focus on providing the facts for the American people regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. In turn, the Florida lawmaker hopes that Americans will make the right decisions when it comes to wearing masks and keeping their families safe and secure during this time. All Americans should consider wearing a mask when out in closed spaces.
In the op-ed, the former Florida Governor expressed that he understands “the need to do no harm to others.” He added that “that’s why I’ve consistently and vocally urged people in Florida and across the country to wear masks, social distance and stay home as much as possible,” noting that “people ignoring these warnings are being selfish – they’re not only putting their own health at risk, but also the health and well-being of their families, friends and coworkers.”
The op-ed comes at a time when the sunshine state has just recorded an addition 10,109 new cases.
Doubling down on the need for government to not interfere in the decisions that Americans take, the Florida Senator elaborated that “in a free society we have the right to act stupid, and we tend to regularly exercise that right.” So, “if you are ignoring commonsense precautions, you are not only endangering yourself and others, you are also prolonging the economic pain for this country.” Therefore, Scott asserts that “if we want to get our country open again, get people back to work and get our economy to kick into gear, Americans must heed warns to take this threat seriously.”
“In the end,” Scott admits, “elected officials must trust the American people and value their right to make their own decisions and be responsible for their own outcomes.”