Brookline MA, the second-most educated town in the country, has decided to overrule the CDC and keep an outdoor mask mandate in place: https://t.co/CpXKDCCbKW
Good time to re-up @NoreenMalone
's great piece about Brookline's resistance to reopening schools, despite having heaps of parental expertise on how to do it safely: https://t.co/SnPy0pUDEn
Brookline unsurprising. No place that cared about science ever had an outdoor mask mandate.
Masks have been about nothing but political signaling for almost a year now.
Never let lack of bioplausibility, lack of prospective data, lack of controlled studies, and new guidance to boot saying it's okay to skip it... hold you back
To be clear, the CDC update on outdoor masking last week was a guidance, not an edict. To the extent that Brookline is actually overruling another authority, it's the state of Massachusetts, which eased its outdoor masking rules following the CDC shift.
As a proud Brookline resident, one take:
- fine for people to wear masks outside if they want to do so
- it's not necessary for covid prevention in nearly all real-world situations
- therefore it shouldn't be a town mandate to wear a mask outside
More: https://t.co/tv4HFx1pmo https://t.co/fVmwwGZw2E
Yup. If ever you wondered what kind of “science” people in Mass follow...
I find it particularly funny that people don’t want to take off their masks, b/c they don’t want others to think the are republicans.
Assessing data is a solely Republican trait?
Brookline decision to keep outdoor mask mandate (because educated people are crazy now) reminds me of the vaccine itself and how the spike protein elicits an unpleasant inflammatory response:each step of a return to normalcy fought by a cultural immune system primed to torment us
More than 100 gathered outside #Brookline Town Hall just now to rally for Gerald Alston, the Black firefighter the town fired after he reported racism and retaliation in the workplace. Earlier this week, the state’s highest court determined that firing unjust. Story to follow https://t.co/b44gw5y1uB
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Brookline seems to know more about controlling COVID than its neighbors. Statewide data show Brookline is consistently safer than its neighbors.
Below is town risk levels from late Nov, as the worst COVID wave built. Brookline is the green island in the middle of the yellow. https://t.co/mkV8ZDI9D5
The good people of Brookline don’t mind wearing masks. It’s a local decision. Risk of outdoor transmission is low, but it’s not zero. For the time being, they prefer to keep outdoor masking in place. They are hurting no one, unlike the folks on the no mask anywhere side.
The outdoor mask rules across MA were eased on Friday... no masks needed outside as long as you can physically distance. But at least two communities, Brookline and Salem, are not relaxing their outdoor mask rules just yet. #wcvb https://t.co/u3PWUjjYIY
No justice without accountability. As Gerald said, we can turn the corner on May 4th by choosing new leadership to move #Brookline forward. It’s up to us. https://t.co/cqb0WI2I7f
A local sports radio show has a bit they do that I think is called “everyone’s mad in Brookline” they just play 911 calls from the city. It so wild
we wear them outside, we wear them inside, we remember what last spring was like. it’s not a brookline thing and none of us are miserable because we have to wear a mask to walk to dunkin. it’s just seen as polite.
the thing about the brookline discourse is that i’ve driven all over boston this past weekend and the only place i’ve seen people NOT wearing masks outside is near my office where it’s especially touristy. generally, people who lived in/around boston during the pandemic wear them
Brookline is at the forefront of every moral panic lol
you can argue all you want that it’s silly to see a mask as a sign of respect for people around you, i don’t really care how anyone else feels about it, but it’s definitely not about brookline being oppressed and i guarantee most of the people who live there don’t see it that way
if they all want to restrict their breathing for absolutely no reason, they can do it. I will definitely walk around Brookline without a mask.
"Subordinating the science for political aims" was the rallying cry of the GOP for months and resulted in more spreading and covid deaths. Sure this Brookline stuff might be annoying, but whatever, if that's what they want to feel safe, go for it. No harm done.
I doubt the many Orthodox Jews and Chinese immigrants in Brookline have much clout. But I’d be interested to find out if they do.