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Wyoming Lifts State Mask Mandate, Will End Lockdown

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Last Monday, Governor Mark Gordon announced that Wyoming will lift its state mask mandate and end various state lockdown measures. Also, the Republican Governor announced that businesses will fully open beginning March 16. Wyoming joins Texas and Mississippi in defying the federal mask mandate. These states will now fully reopen their states to businesses.

RELATED: Biden Accuses Texas and Mississippi of ‘Neanderthal Thinking’

Some Pandemic Measures To Remain in Place

Gordon credits the state’s vaccination program for its decision to ease restrictions. Wyoming reported a “declining number of active COVID-19 cases” and hospitalizations. Meanwhile, they also accomplished “significant success” in their local vaccine rollout. However, Gordon will leave some pandemic measures in place. This includes the retention of the state mask mandate in K-12 schools.

“I thank the people of Wyoming for their commitment to keeping one another safe throughout this pandemic. It is through their efforts that we have kept our schools and businesses operating and our economy moving forward. I ask all Wyoming citizens to continue to take personal responsibility for their actions and stay diligent as we look ahead to the warmer months and to the safe resumption of our traditional spring and summer activities,” Gordon said in a press release. Residents should continue to “wear face coverings in indoor public spaces and to follow the best practices adopted by any business they visit to slow the spread of the virus,” he said.

COVID Cases Down

COVID-19 cases fell to new lows this year, with less than 60 cases per day. In comparison, state health officials reported around 600 cases per day during the Thanksgiving season last year. In addition, 20% of Wyoming residents received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccines. Plus, almost all of the state’s 23 counties have their retail and entertainment workers lined up to get vaccine shots. Employees must wear masks, while customers part of small groups have to stay 6 feet apart.

Moreover, Gordon exhorted residents to practice personal responsibility once the state lifts the mask mandate. “I ask all Wyoming citizens to continue to take personal responsibility for their actions and stay diligent as we look ahead to the warmer months and to the safe resumption of our traditional spring and summer activities,” Gordon said in a statement.

South Carolina Gloats

Meanwhile, South Carolina celebrated the fact that the state didn’t need to lift the mask mandate. That’s because they never implemented one even during the pre-vaccine period last year. Governor Henry McMaster took a swipe at Texas and Mississippi for their announcements last week. “Unlike Texas and Mississippi, we cannot lift a mask mandate because we never had one in the first place,” Gov. Henry McMaster tweeted.

“South Carolina took a measured approach and never closed. We gave South Carolinians the freedom to choose for themselves what’s best for their health and family,” the Republican McMaster added. “We never closed. Our reasonable steps of limited, measured, and temporary actions allowed us to combat the virus without crippling our economy,” he added in a video tweet.

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Neanderthal Thinking

Earlier last week, President Joe Biden attacked the governors of Texas and Mississippi after they announced their decision to lift the mask mandate. He said that the decision made by Governors Greg Abbott and Tate Reeves was “Neanderthal thinking” on their part. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that Biden’s comment as a result of Biden’s frustration and exasperation.

Republicans took offense at the statement. Senator Marco Rubio (FL) went to Twitter to deliver some choice words to Biden. He called on the President to “apologize for his insensitive comments” regarding the governors. In addition, he advised Biden to “seek training for his unconscious bias” toward Neanderthals. “President Biden’s use of an old stereotype is hurtful to modern Europeans, Asians & Americans who inherit about 2% of their genes from Neanderthal ancestors,” tweeted Rubio, who linked out to an article in the tweet.

Watch the CBS Denver video where Governor McMaster says Wyoming will lift statewide mask mandate next week:

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  • Calvin says:

    I’m glad this day is finally making sense was rusty state for dude same damn thing you wear it on that weren’t sure choice thank you for letting me speak my peace of mind

  • Branden Oconnell says:

    Calvin is retarded don’t mind him… masks are common in construction so I have no problem with them my problem is idiots who don’t understand science and want to spout off nonsense about not doing what’s safe and smart idgaf I’m wearing a condom every time I sleep with a random Chinese girl why not wear a mask when a Chinese virus is running around it only makes sense but ofc I also want them to put trackers in all of us…not like they have our cell phone data or anything…wear a mask get the vaccine and pull your big girl panties up chumps your perceived liberty is not worth my family’s life

  • Elaine says:

    So I wonder what kind of comment Joe Biden has for the state of South Carolina?

  • Anonymous says:

    no

  • Paul McAllister says:

    I’m fine with it. In my opinion, the entire thing was overblown from the beginning. I’ve had it, and no less than a dozen of my friends have had it, with a grand total of zero hospitalizations. If you are relatively young, and in decent health, it’s really just a cold. I totally get the need for the elderly and those with compromised immune systems to quarantine, but if you’re not in a high risk category, you should be allowed to live your life.

  • Jeff B says:

    So what IS the “science”, Brandon O’Connell? Is it whatever wishy-washy lying “Dr” Fauci says it is? Did you know that there has NEVER been a legit study proving that masks work? Did you know that the supposed Covid 19 virus has NEVER been isolated and proven to actually exist? Did you ever wonder why the seasonal flu just magically disappeared once Covid came along? You gotta stop simply accepting whatever the federal government tells you as the truth. They have a sordid history of lying to We the People in order to get their way. What makes you thing governments wouldn’t make up a “pandemic” to serve their agenda? The government is NOT a friend of the People.

  • Lee says:

    Suicide is a personal choice BUT it does not hurt other people. Science has proved what masks will stop the spread of disease and protect you. So go ahead and kill yourself but would you not do it around me and my family who I am trying to protect. Thank you.

  • ROBERT A. ABADIE says:

    80% OF COVID 9S POLITICAL BS. DID YOU KNOW IF YOU WERE ON SAFARI IN AFRICA AND A WIILD ELEPHANT STOMPPED YOU TO DEATH IT WOULD BE LISTED AS A COVID DEATH. CORONERS ARE NO LONGER ALOUD TO GO INTO A HOSPITAL FOR A DEATH.WHY???BECAUSE ALL DEATHS IN HOSPITALS ARE LISTED AS A COVID DEATH AND CORONERS MUST MUST LIST CAUSE OF DEATH.FLEYIP FLOP FLOOZY FAUCI REALLY HAS NO IDEA OF WHAT THE HELL IS DOING OR SAYING ABOUT COVID. I DOM NOT SEE HOW THIS IDIOT GOES TO THE BATHROOM BY HIMSELF FINALLY MAKE HIS MIND UP TO DO SO. THE DEMS WANT POWER AND THIS IS THEIR WAY OF CONTROLLING THE PEOPLE. I AM SO HAPPY TO SEE THE STATES ARE FINALLY
    GETTING TIRED OF ALL OF THIS CIOVID BS. LOOK AND SEE HOW MANY TIMES FAUC HAS CHANGED HIS MIND. AND HE S THIS CROOKED PIECE OF SHIT PRESIDENT’S NATIONAL MED ADVISER. HAPPY DAYS!!!

  • Max says:

    Alabama’s lifting the mandate on April 9. Most everyone already not wearing masks. little or no enforcement through it all anyway.

  • David says:

    Dont mid Branden, he’s your tyoic leftist. Do what he says, believe what he beleves or he’ll call you names. What do you have against Chinese girls? What a xenophobe! You know if President Trump said that, you’d be flipping your irrational lid! The “science” is that the virus has a 99.7% survival rate. Masks don’t prevent or protect from viruses or disease, says so on the boxes. “Science isn’t always accurate or honest. In this case, it’s both inaccurate and dishonest. Why do you still have to wear a mask after vaccination? Now its 2-3! But i thought they protected you?! Why can you still get it after being vaccinated. Truth is ALL of the states (countries) that didn’t lock down and didn’t order mask mandates did better than all that did, ALL of them! New York and CA having the most strict lockdowns and mask mandates, did the WORST! Highest case counts and death rates, even including population differences. Some of that is of course Cuomo intentionally murdered approximately 15,000 seniors. There’s some “science” for you! If the virus is so dangerous why did the new admin lift the travel ban and open the border in the first week?! Go ahead and wear your mask and get your 0.03% effectiveness of protection. I’ll pass and since you and your family are wearing 3 masks (and a faceshield I’m sure) then you’re protected, right?! Enjoy your marxist shut your mouth symbol. Leave the rest of us alone. It’s our lives!

  • Msgixxer says:

    God takes life not Covid. I am not really understanding all this. Everyone has an appointed time to die and it’s not ur choice when u do. U want to wear a mask do so but don’t get mad when other people don’t have the same opinion as u. U have a choice to stay away from people that don’t have masks on.

  • Ron D says:

    This was a foolish, unnecessary steps demonstrated by Communist China which was the source of the world’s misery. No virus in history will result in more deaths from lack of discovery early cancer, more suicides, more businesses and savings destroyed, more spouse and children abused, more critical surgeries delaysed, more elderly needlessly lost, more distension among the Populus, more politicizing Science, more dropouts and failure to education leaders of tomorrow, more mistrust of the elected leaders, and further erosion of the media as a source of news. Once the virus is contained, these tragedies and more will continue for decades. America has lost its spirit of freedom and independence. All this for the sake of power for a virus worse than some but far less bad than others.

  • Janet Tomkins says:

    The person that I know with the most technical knowledge on masks efficacy explained the surgical masks this way: It’s like putting up a chain link fence to keep mosquitoes out of your yard. And most people don’t get them fit tight to their faces, so, in that case they do exactly nothing. The N95 masks could potentially help a bit.
    My big question is: will we ever get out from under a government of idiocracy and liars? Our media lies more than Pravda did because they view themselves as special and the common folk as morons.

  • J says:

    Branden is a just a low IQ dem idiot. What the hell does he know about science? Science would say Biden has lost his ability to properly manage a sentence, so I guess he wanted Harris as president, because she basically is. This virus IS a bad thing, but so are many other things in life. All you here is about the amount of deaths, with no attempt to put it in perspective with the amount of people who have contracted it. Branden is wrong, my liberties are worth his families life, especially when you are trying to take them from me. Big girl panties are pulled up, and when things have gone to far and the shit hits the fan, Branden will be imitating Biden candidacy. His socialist butt will be hiding in the basement, under his moms dress.

  • Gerardo Peaney says:

    The problem is the idiots that believe this is science! There is no science here it’s s flu a mask won’t stop it live your life you have an immune system! If not stay in the house and hide like a good little sheep!

  • MD says:

    1st Amendment, Free Speach…. So everyone has the right to express thier opinion. You may not agree with everything said above, but that’s part of what America is all about. I do not agree with any of the DEM’s policies, but that is why America is great, even with the current president. If we don’t like the current president, vote them out, or we need to put pressure on our representatives, (Congress & House) either do as the people want or your out too……..
    If a mask make you feel that your chances of not getting Covid is less, Wear a mask, if you don’t believe it works, go without……….

  • Cathy says:

    Agree Gerardo! My state of Florida never had a mask mandate and for that I’m very happy. Some businesses require it and some don’t. It’s ridiculous seeing people walking around showing half a face! This is more about SOCIALISM and control. I refuse to stay behind locked doors out of fear.

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