Gov. Noem says mask mandate and double masking is “not coming to South Dakota”

by Peter Heck · Feb 19th, 2021 2:33 pm

Last Updated Feb 21st, 2021 at 4:13 pm

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem left no ambiguity about where she stands on the push for mask mandates and double mask mandates in the country, telling reporters that such orders were "not coming in South Dakota…that's for sure."

Noem said that while she believes masks can be effective if used correctly and kept sanitary, she does not believe it is her "role to mandate that people wear" one.

"It's not an argument over whether masks work or if they don't work, I've never argued that," Noem said. "What I argue is the mandate. I think the mandate is inappropriate for government to come in and mandate that someone wear a mask. That's not what America is about and it's not what South Dakota is about."

When asked about her view on the recent push for double-masking, the Republican expressed concern that the "CDC has changed their recommendations many, many times," sometimes doing so under political pressure.


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