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State mask mandates to address COVID-19 have been complicated by anti-mask measures often dating back to the 19th century.

Sriram, Shyam K., Gigerich, Will, Patel, Meet and Miller, Kayla (2021) State mask mandates to address COVID-19 have been complicated by anti-mask measures often dating back to the 19th century. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (02 Jul 2021). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

During the COVID-19 pandemic, governors, attorneys general, and public health officials have scrambled to enforce social-distancing guidelines and mask wearing. Their efforts were opposed in several states by those who argue that mandatory face-coverings are unconstitutional. Efforts to enforce mask wearing have been complicated by legacy anti-mask legislation in almost 40 percent of states (and the District of Columbia), which was passed in the 19th– and 20th-centuries in response to organizations like the KKK. Shyam K. Sriram, Will Gigerich, Meet Patel and Kayla Miller discuss the origins, evolution and current impact of anti-mask legislation in the United States.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2021 14:57
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 23:35
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/111764

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