Biden says he'd require masks to be worn in public as president

Joe Biden
(Image credit: Joshua Roberts/Getty Images)

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden would require Americans to wear face masks in public during the coronavirus pandemic as president, he said this week.

Biden in an interview with KDKA spoke about the importance of wearing masks or face coverings to slow the spread of COVID-19, saying, when asked how he would handle the coronavirus crisis if he became president tomorrow, "I would insist that everybody out in public be wearing" a mask and "would do everything possible to make it required that people have to wear masks in public."

Asked if he would use his federal leverage to mandate the wearing of face masks, he said, "Yes, I would. From an executive standpoint, yes I would."

Subscribe to The Week

Escape your echo chamber. Get the facts behind the news, plus analysis from multiple perspectives.

SUBSCRIBE & SAVE
https://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/flexiimages/jacafc5zvs1692883516.jpg

Sign up for The Week's Free Newsletters

From our morning news briefing to a weekly Good News Newsletter, get the best of The Week delivered directly to your inbox.

From our morning news briefing to a weekly Good News Newsletter, get the best of The Week delivered directly to your inbox.

Sign up

Biden, who wore a mask during the interview, pointed to the fact that the evidence shows wearing masks makes a "gigantic difference." CBS News notes that President Trump has typically not been seen wearing a mask in public and has made numerous appearances recently in which many attendees didn't wear masks. Trump also suggested in a recent interview that some Americans are wearing masks to show their disapproval of him.

To continue reading this article...
Continue reading this article and get limited website access each month.
Get unlimited website access, exclusive newsletters plus much more.
Cancel or pause at any time.
Already a subscriber to The Week?
Not sure which email you used for your subscription? Contact us