A video that was taken at a Florida grocery store this week has gone viral after many people in the clip were shown without wearing a mask.
NBC News correspondent Sam Brock entered the store looking to buy a sandwich and “came out with a story” after he captured footage inside of a Naples supermarket this week that has sparked outrage by the mainstream media.
Over 4 million people have viewed the clip since Brock posted it to his Twitter account Wednesday and over 20,000 replies have sparked debate whether masks should be enforced or not.
A “mask exemption” sign posted on the front door of the grocery store states that if customers have a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask, they are exempt and employees cannot legally ask customers about the medical condition.
“Those in our lovely government have ordered all persons entering indoor facilities to wear a mask. If you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a mask, you are exempt from this order. Due to HIPAA and the 4th Amendment we cannot legally ask you about your medical condition,” the sign reads.
The sign adds, “if we see you without a mask, we will assume you have a medical condition and we will welcome you inside to support our business.”
Grocery store owner, Alfie Oakes, told NBC’s “TODAY” show he does not believe masks work.
“I know the masks don’t work and I know the virus has not killed 400,00 people in this country,” Oakes said.
“That’s total hogwash,” he added. “Why don’t we shut the world down because of the heart attacks? Why don’t we lock down cities because of heart attacks?”
Oakes filed a federal lawsuit in November challenging the constitutionality of the Collier county’s mask order, the Naples Daily News reported.
Oakes alleged the mandate was being “selectively enforced” and claimed he was being targeted due to his political views, the newspaper reported.
Florida gov. Ron DeSantis said he will not impose a statewide mask mandate, however many Florida counties do have mask requirements. Under a Sept. 25 executive order by DeSantis, local governments are barred from assessing fines and penalties for noncompliance.
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Breaking Friday, Florida’s Board of Medicine and state Board of Osteopathic Medicine voted to ban puberty blockers and sex-reassignment surgery for minors in the state.
“The chief point of agreement among all of the experts — and I must emphasize this — is that there is a pressing need for additional, high-quality clinical research,” said the board of medicine’s chair, Dr. David A. Diamond, a radiation oncologist.
More than 70 percent of children with gender dysphoria “typically outgrow” it, City Journal reported earlier this year.
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