Enforce Stronger Penalties for Not Wearing Masks During Pandemic

People in face masks - Henry Merino

Target: Alex Azar, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services

Goal: Enforce stronger legal punishments for those who refuse to wear masks in public across the United States.

A Florida man recently said he “felt threatened” by a woman who asked him to put a mask on inside a store, throwing a tantrum when she made said request. This incident has gone viral, and is just one of many examples of United States residents “standing up for their rights” by refusing to wear protective face masks in public.

This selfish behavior cannot be allowed to continue. The coronavirus has killed millions of people and has only recently started to weaken. Stay-at-home orders have been lifted, businesses are re-opening, and wearing a mask is not a price to pay for freedom but a matter of public health concerns. Wearing a mask is not the same as being asked to let the government read our mail or install security cameras in our bathrooms the way these people treat it as. It is to protect other people and ourselves from lingering strains of the virus.

Some states are issuing hefty fines to people who refuse to wear masks, but this is not enough. Such selfish behavior needs much stronger punishment, such as house arrest or detainment. Sign this petition to urge the United States government to make wearing masks a legal requirement until the Center for Disease Control says otherwise.


Dear Mr. Azar,

Despite many states issuing hefty fines to people who refuse to wear masks in public, there are still many who continue to engage in such selfish behavior. A Florida man recently went viral on Twitter when he threw a tantrum at an elderly woman who requested he put a mask on inside a store, and he is far from the only case of people “defending their rights” against a public health concern.

Fines are not enough. People who refuse to wear masks as a matter of pride and principle are not fighting for a greater cause, they are fighting for their own selfish wishes not to be inconvenienced. Being required to wear masks is akin to being forbidden from smoking inside buildings, and public health rules should be respected. You must make wearing masks a legal requirement complete with stronger punishments for those who selfishly refuse to do so.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Henry Merino


  1. Robert Ortiz says:

    Wearing masks is not about infringement on civil liberties or whatever other silly paranoid things some people say it is. It is about keeping oneself and others safe in the midst of a global pandemic and public health emergency. Be smart, be safe, wear masks.

    • Linda Hilty-Tuttle says:

      I agree 100%! If it keeps YOU or someone else from getting sick, it’s a small price to pay to stay healthy! I know I DO NOT like them either, & consider them a nuisance, but I consider MASKS VERY IMPORTANT to limiting the spread of this Chinese crud!!!

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