McConnell makes appeal for wearing masks: ‘It is about protecting everyone we encounter’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell underscored the importance of wearing face coverings on the Senate floor Monday.

“We must have no stigma, none, about wearing masks when we leave our homes & come near other people,” said McConnell, R-Ky. “Wearing simple face coverings is not about protecting ourselves, it is about protecting everyone we encounter.”

“In fact, the more we dislike the pain and suffering caused by the strict stay-home guidelines a few months ago, the happier we should be to take reasonable small steps every day to ensure our country can stay on offense against the virus,” McConnell added.

He said that until there is a vaccine to protect against COVID-19, Americans must “settle into a middle ground between unsustainable emergency lockdowns and ordinary life as we enjoyed it.”

McConnell’s remarks followed a warning by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar who told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that “the window is closing” to take action to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.

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