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This county meeting about masks looks like a ‘Parks and Recreation’ episode

People are angry about having to wear a mask in public.


Sierra Juarez

Internet Culture

Posted on Jun 25, 2020

A viral video of Florida residents shows them fuming over Palm Beach County’s decision to make face masks mandatory in public places.

A clip of CNN’s story about the new rule shows residents yelling and spreading conspiracy theories about masks.

“The people, we the people, are waking up, and we know what citizen’s arrest is….Every single one of you that are obeying the devil’s laws are going to be arrested,” one attendee said at the Tuesday afternoon meeting.

Others began to question the legitimacy of a doctor who testified at the commissioners’ meeting.

“Doctor, I really have many question marks about your degrees and what you really know,” another attendee said. “I’m sorry ma’am, but I don’t think you’re worthy of your credentials.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people over the age of 2 wear a cloth mask in public places to help control the spread of the coronavirus. The disease is spread through respiratory droplets that people can be exposed to when in close proximity with someone who speaks, coughs, or sneezes.

Despite the unrest at the county’s meeting, the Palm Beach commissioners voted unanimously to enact a mandatory mask rule in order to comply with CDC recommendations and to fight against a growing number of coronavirus cases.

While the context of the meeting is serious, Twitter users are having fun memeing the meeting into oblivion. Many say that the meeting reminds them of a Parks and Recreation episode.

For the uninitiated, the TV series often shows angry residents at a city council meeting. In many instances, characters make a scene over something minute.

Someone made a compilation of Parks and Recs characters having a breakdown at city council meeting in order to draw a comparison.

Parks and Recs-style meltdowns or not, the mask rule will begin on Thursday in the county and will last at least a month.


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*First Published: Jun 25, 2020, 8:46 am CDT