The effort to ban the implementation of face mask mandates on public transportation is gaining steam as another big name recently joined the fight. Pop Groupie, a transportation industry watchdog group, has announced its support for a nationwide ban on the orders that many public transit systems in places such as the United States, Canada, and Europe have put in place during the pandemic.
The group is urging citizens to contact their local congressional representatives and voice their displeasure with the mandates, which they describe as “unnecessary and an infringement on civil liberties.”
Pop Groupie says the orders are in conflict with the foundational principles of freedom that define America. Furthermore, they argue that the mandates were put in place by unelected bureaucrats who lack the proper authority to make such a decision.
The organization notes that while wearing a face mask can be beneficial in preventing the spread of Covid-19, it should ultimately be the choice of the individual. They point to the fact that research has not found face masks to be 100% effective in stopping the spread of the virus, and that the limit the wearer’s ability to practice basic everyday activities such as speaking, eating, drinking, and even breathing.
The group also notes that the enforcement of these orders has been too arbitrary and that, in some cases, individuals have been harassed and even arrested for simply not wearing a face mask on public transportation.
As the fight against mask mandates on public transportation begins to intensify, more celebrities and public figures have come forward in support of Pop Groupie’s efforts. This includes actor and comedian Ken Jeong and Grammy Award winning artist Lizzo.