Masks work. Mandates don’t: Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s COVID counterapproach

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is a big believer that wearing masks is an effective weapon against the coronavirus but adamantly opposes government mandates, arguing that forcing people to don face coverings is counterproductive.

Lee, tapped by the National Governors Association to serve as the Republican chairman of the bipartisan group’s coronavirus response task force, regularly urges Tennesseans to wear masks. The science, said the governor in a telephone interview with the Washington Examiner, clearly supports that recommendation. Lee has even gone so far as to spend taxpayer dollars to make masks available to every resident of his state who wants one.

But the first-term governor, 61,
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