Colorado Town Threatens Residents With Up to a Year in Jail For Failure to Comply With Mask Requirement

By Steve Straub at The Federalist Papers

The city of Englewood, Colorado, a suburb of Denver, is now requiring all of its residents to wear face masks while outside their home in public spaces. The order is accompanied by fines and penalties up to a maximum of one year in jail for non-compliance.

This comes after Denver allowed mass protests against supposed police brutality organized by Black Lives Matter .

Via the New York Post:

The emergency order, issued by City Manager J. Shawn Lewis and approved by the city council Monday, went into effect Thursday. It states that everyone over the age of 6 will be required to wear a mask while outside their homes.

Face masks must be worn inside any retail or commercial business, governmental office, or health care facility, including veterinary offices, officials say.

They must also be worn while waiting for or riding on public transportation, as well as inside taxis or other ride-sharing vehicles.

Face masks are not required inside personal offices as long as co-workers are working at least six feet away and there are no clients or customers in the room.

First offenders will be ticketed with a $15 fine, and second and subsequent offenders will have to shell out $25.

However, the order states that the maximum penalty is a fine of up to $2,650, 360 days behind bars or both.

Until local governments take action to stop mass black lives matter protests and antifa riots then its hard to take their diktats about new covid restrictions seriously.

For example in New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio just cancelled all large scale events in his city to slow the spread of Covid, except for Black Lives Matter protests.

Via Daily Mail:

Speaking to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Thursday night, de Blasio said the demonstrators’ calls for social justice and racial equality were too important to silence, considering more than a month of protests had not caused a spike in COVID-19 cases.

While protests will be permitted to take place without push-back, de Blasio said that all other large events would be cancelled in the city through September.

‘This is a historic moment of change. We have to respect that but also say to people the kinds of gatherings we’re used to, the parades, the fairs — we just can’t have that while we’re focusing on health right now,’ de Blasio told the network.

‘If you’re just talking about health, we would always say, “Hey folks you know stay home if you can”. But we understand this moment in history people are talking about the need for historic changes,’ he added.

Speaking to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Thursday night, de Blasio said the demonstrators’ calls for social justice and racial equality were too important to silence, considering more than a month of protests had not caused a spike in COVID-19 cases

An organization leader of the group Warriors uses a megaphone to address the crowds during a protest outside of City Hall on July 1

Protests in the name of Black Lives Matter have occurred consistently in New York since the police killing of George Floyd on Memorial Day. Despite thousands taking to the streets night after night, the rate of coronavirus infections as remained the same throughout the unrest.

This is exactly why so many people are ignoring coronavirus restrictions.

If Black Lives Matter protests are OK then so is going to a bar, going to school and everything and anything else. Masks optional.

People watch people like Mayor Bill De Blasio encourage mass protests, so long as they serve his side of the political aisle, and rightly think that everything else must be fine as well.

If protests are fine, so is letting kids play with each other. So is going out to eat, going to the store and going to church or other worship services. And we get to decide when or where we wear a mask.

If anyone is to blame for the increase in covid cases, and for people resuming normal life, it is those on the left for encouraging and allowing mass protests and riots all across America.

People watch and see, and act accordingly no matter what the politicians and media may hypocritically say.

So the mayor of Englewood, Colorado better rethink his threats to put people in jail for not wearing a mask because the people will no longer meekly comply.

And given the targets placed on their backs by the media and Democrat politicians you can guess who’s side the local police and other law enforcement agencies will be on.

This article originally appeared at The Federalist Papers and was republished with permission.

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