Panhandle Health District’s Emergency Mask Meeting
The local health department held a meeting today in North Idaho, which was suppose to be open to the “public.” The main item on the agenda: mandatory masks. The public had less than 24 hours notice. More than 200 people showed up to stand for your freedom- all ages- moms with kids in tow, elderly folks, people in ministry, and retired law enforcement and more than 500 logged in to their zoom call. The sheriff was on hand to keep the public from attending the meeting. Asking the public who was there to attend and offer public comment to ‘just let them (the health district) have their meeting’ and to ‘picket outside’.
The meeting was interrupted early on, not only by attending members of the public who were not allowed access to the meeting that was discussing the possibility of a mask mandate but also by a hacker who managed to break into a Zoom’s screen-sharing function and write “No Masks” on the data slides. The move forced speakers to abandon the slides and speak of their scripted presentations.
A motion by the Panhandle Health District board of health to mandate masks failed to come to a vote, as no other member would second the motion to require residents and visitors to wear the protective coverings.
A mom attending the meeting reported:
We were not allowed into the meeting room. Instead we filled the hot lobby. ( almost like the AC was purposefully tuned off to deter the public from coming. ) They were hoping for a secret meeting, and they did not get that. They failed to get a second motion for mandated masks.
You can be supportive of masks, you can wear a mask all day long for all I care….and still you can be completely against the government MANDATING a face covering for men, women and children.
Where I live, we still enjoy our freedom to gather for church services on Sunday. People in states with mandated masks have been out of church since March! So please do not tell me there is no correlation. The governor of California has admitted that (even WITH mandated masks that he believes work so well) churches will be closed indefinitely. (until a vaccine is made and mandated)
Mandatory masks WILL directly affect your freedom….long term. It will effect your freedom to gather and worship, your children’s freedom to go to school and your ability to live your life without a covering over your face. This is more then a “slippery slope”……it’s a complete cliff jump into a mandated Covid Vaccine.
Don’t fall for it. They are playing off of your fear right now.
I am more than happy to give you 6 feet or more distance while out shopping, in order to respect your space and make you feel safer, but don’t you dare push your fear on my children’s future.
The next meeting is to be held next Thursday, July 23, 2020.
Local friends, please come. If I can show up as a mother of 5 young kids and a husband with a crazy work schedule, you can too! This is our children’s future we are talking about. Please show up.
KEEP CHECKING THE SITE REGARDING MEETING INFORMATION:
Our health districts are not required to give much-advanced notice. Panhandle Health District says minutes from the meeting will be posted here in the near future, but it was about the use of masks in public settings, which the discussion will be continued at the next Board of Health meeting on the 23rd. https://panhandlehealthdistrict.org/about-us/
MASK INFORMATION RESOURCE:
In the Journal of the American Medical Association:
“Face masks should not be worn by healthy individuals to protect themselves from acquiring respiratory infection because there is no evidence to suggest that face masks worn by healthy individuals are effective in preventing people from becoming ill.
Face masks should be used only by individuals who have symptoms of respiratory infection such as coughing, sneezing, or, in some cases, fever.
Face masks should also be worn by healthcare workers, by individuals who are taking care of or are in close contact with people who have respiratory infections, or otherwise as directed by a doctor.
(Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA); April 21, 2020 Volume 323, Number 15 https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2762694)