Earlier this month Wisconsin State Officials decided to step up COVID prevention measures…. and they had about as much common sense as the other measures you’ve seen implemented around the nation. 

Preston Cole, the head of Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR), sent out an email late last month ordering all employees to wear face coverings… on Zoom. 

The July 31st email reminded DNR employees of the state’s mask mandates going into effect the following day, requiring all employees to wear masks at the DNR facility. The mandate obviously did not force people to wear masks while on computers at home, so Cole decided to take matters into his own hands.

“Also, wear your mask, even if you are home, to participate in a virtual meeting that involves being seen — such as on Zoom or another video-conferencing platform — by non-DNR staff,” Preston Cole stated. “Set the safety example which shows you as a DNR public service employee care about the safety and health of others.”

Hey, Preston — what about the shower?  Shouldn’t we wear masks there lest people think we weren’t taken this seriously enough? 

DNR spokeswoman Megan Sheridan doubled down on the decision.

“By wearing a mask while video conferencing with the general public, we visually remind folks that masking is an important part of navigating the business of natural resources during this tumultuous time.” Sheridan continued, stating, “We ask staff to wear masks when on externally facing calls is that, taken out of context, a screenshot of a staff person or high ranking department official, if not properly attributed, could be misinterpreted to suggest that state employees are not properly following the Governor’s directive.”

Good grief.  I’m all for prevention of the Wuhan flu, but I’m against meaningless virtue-signaling…  and rules that do nothing to actually protect us.

I think somebody needs to teach these Wisconsin state officials the difference between a coronavirus… and a computer virus.

Hat Tip: The Kansas City Star

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About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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