The current hysteria around coronavirus in America is turning police into ‘COVID Cops.’ More crucially though, is the new license being taken by authorities and police to remove civil liberties; enforcing mandatory masks, social distancing and business closres – all based on a vague public threat or ‘state of emergency.’
Incidents like this one have left many people are now wondering how long it will be before similar intrusions begin into their homes.
One small business owner in Florida is fighting police and health officials on the issue.
Local 10 News reports…
PLANTATION, Fla. – Michael Carnevale was contesting authorities’ decision to close his gym on Monday when he was arrested. He said he was allowing his members to choose whether or not they should wear a face mask during workouts. Officers locked his business.
Carnevale, who owns Fitness 1440, a 24-hour gym at 7067-A W. Broward Blvd., in Plantation, is among the business owners who believe the orders to wear face masks during the coronavirus pandemic are intrusive.
“If this whole thing is really about health, this is where we are getting into some murky waters here because I don’t see how I can make my patrons wear a mask while on a treadmill, or while they are exercising,” Carnevale said.
Officials say the orders are part of an effort to contain the spread of the disease. Some of the gym members may not know they are spreading the disease. And by doing so, authorities believe they are risking the lives of the most vulnerable residents.
“I don’t have it in me to close the facility because my intuition is just telling me this is wrong,” Carnevale said.
Carnavale has the support of Chris Nelson, who started the Reopen Florida group, and Florida House Rep. Anthony Sabatini, a Howey-in-the-Hills-based attorney who has been challenging the constitutionality of the face mask mandates in the state…
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