A late evening social media message from Mayor Lucas sparked surprising push back from fans and followers.
Here's the local connection to a cultural war over coronavirus masks and what's probably a not so subtle rebuke of the President's refusal to wear a face covering for news cameras.
Mayor Quinton Lucas tweeted: "Politicians need to wear masks too! Proud of the recent work @kcmohealthdept has been doing to support pop-up testing throughout our community. Thank you!"
To be fair, the Mayor earned plenty of support but right now these comments stand out more than most . . .
Opt-in reaction . . .
*Choice* we do not need to. Those masks do absolutely nothing.
Efficacy argument . . .
"Again, the virtue signaling regarding the usage of a mask has grown to a fever a pitch the last several days. However, please be aware of CDC guidelines concerning mask usage. Surgical masks and homemade masks do not offer adequate protection."
Accolades for leadership by example . . .
"Thank you Mayor for being a leader during this crisis. Apparently not all elected officials are up to the task."
Watchful local contradiction . . .
You forgot to wear one during your press conference ...#JustSayin
More importantly and still causing debate and contradictory mandates . . .
RECENT KANSAS CITY HEADLINES REPORT RESTAURANT CONFUSION AND RESISTANCE TO THE 10-10-10 PLAN!!!
Here's a myriad of info on the sordid topic that's exceptionally important given that unemployment is now higher than during The Great Depression . . .
Kansas City Public Radio Daze Over COVID Flip-Flopping
Without Consistent Official Guidelines, Kansas Citians Make Their Own Rules For Returning To Restaurants, Gyms And Salons
A growing number of states are starting to reopen, including Kansas and Missouri. According to a recent Washington Post-University of Maryland poll, a majority of Americans are comfortable going to a grocery store. But most say they don't support reopening retail shops, hair salons, restaurants, or other businesses - at least, not yet.
Biz Bargains With City Hall
Kansas City is considering dropping its 10% occupancy limit for restaurants. Instead restaurants would keep tables six feet apart.At Pizza 51, they were actually measuring the distances between their patio tables.Table separation, not an occupancy restriction, has been their preference."We have the opportunity to properly distance folks in that sense versus a percentage," said Jason Pryor, owner of Pizza 51."In a minute, I'll take that.
Westport Demands Workaround
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Westport Regional Business League is hoping to help its area small businesses. The COVID-19 pandemic shut down many Westport businesses, and several business owners told 41 Action News that Kansas City's 10/10/10 rule will prevent them from making any money.
Accordingly . . .
THE CHANGE IN POLICY AND SO MANY CONTRADICTORY MESSAGES HAVE CLEARLY CONFUSED LOCAL BIZ WHILST THE SOFT REOPENING EVOKES HARD FEELINGS!!!
We welcome the advice and analysis of our blog community that might hopefully help sort out the situation.
Developing . . .