Facing backlash, fate of NC Republicans’ proposed ban on public masking is unclear

But during the Covid-19 pandemic, many on the right took issue with mask mandates issued by state and local governments as part of their efforts to minimize transmission of the deadly virus. At the height of the pandemic, Reopen NC was a group dedicated to opposing business and restaurant closures, and even started a ‘Burn Your Mask Challenge,’ where participants would post videos burning masks to social media.

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