Dangerous Idiot: Florida Sheriff Billy Woods is forbidding his officers, staff, and visitors from wearing face masks to protect against COVID-19, despite the fact that the pandemic is currently raging in his state.
USA Today reports:
OCALA, Fla. – As the city of Ocala wrestles with an ordinance requiring face coverings for people inside businesses, Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods told his employees they will not wear masks at work, and visitors to his office can’t wear masks either.
Woods, in an email dated Aug. 11, said “my order will stand as is when you are on-duty/working as my employee and representing my Office – masks will not be worn.”
The Washington Post reports:
On Tuesday, as Florida set a daily record for covid-19 deaths, Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods prohibited his deputies from wearing masks at work.
Sheriff Woods tried to explain his reasoning in an email sent to his department, arguing:
We can debate and argue all day of why and why not. The fact is, the amount of professionals that give the reason why we should, I can find the exact same amount of professionals that say why we shouldn’t (wear face masks).
Woods is wrong. There is a well established scientific consensus on the efficacy of wearing face masks. The Washington Post notes:
A majority of epidemiologists and other health experts say face masks and social distancing are key to slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has ravaged Florida.
In the email Woods made it clear that in addition to the officers and staff working under him, all visitors would also be prohibited from wearing face masks:
Effective immediately, any individual walking in to any one of our lobbies (which includes the main office and all district offices) that is wearing a mask will be asked to remove it.
Sheriff Woods is a dangerous idiot who has no business being in charge of anything. His ignorant, anti-science rhetoric is appalling. His anti-mask policy only guarantees that more people in his state will get sick, and more people will die.
Bottom line: Florida Sheriff Billy Woods is forbidding his officers, staff, and visitors from wearing face masks to protect against COVID-19.