Unmasking the Message from the South Lawn of the White House

'Don’t forget to wear your mask. Be sure the kids have their masks on.'

Just a couple of things family members say every day as the battle against the COVID pandemic goes on. And if you go to any store or restaurant, you’re also told to wear a mask and when in line stand on the markers that are six feet away.

With some elementary schools in the county opening this week and when the state watch list countdown ends next week and more schools begin to open, the wearing of masks and physical distancing will be required.

And that’s why what happened Thursday night outside the White House on the South Lawn is getting so much attention from so many people on social media.

Pictures and videos of at least 15-hundred people, most not wearing face masks and most sitting side by side on chairs fewer than six inches away from each other let alone six feet.

If you’re a parent or a teacher or a business owner or a public health official trying to stress the importance of wearing a mask, you have to wonder what kind of impression that had; all those people so close together with the unseen virus still lurking everywhere.

If actions do speak louder than words, you also may now be worrying that all those things you’ve been saying about needing to wear a mask, may not be heard.

(Photo Getty Images)

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