Black Mayors Back Pres. Biden’s Call to Continue Mask Mandates
Published on March 30, 2021
(Washington, D.C.) — Today, citing a surge in COVID-19 cases, President Biden called on governors and mayors to maintain or reinstate mask-wearing orders.
Mayor McKinley L. Price, DDS (Newport News, VA) -- president of the African American Mayors Association -- issued the following statement in response:
“We must keep fighting COVID-19 using every tool at our disposal. As such, we are deeply supportive of President Biden’s calls for state leaders to reinstate or keep requirements to wear masks -- which are proven to be effective and save lives. In fact, last year, when governors challenged local mask mandates, my AAMA colleagues and I issued a landmark resolution
calling on them to allow us to put mask mandates in place.
“COVID-19 has disproportionately infected, hospitalized, and killed people of color across the nation. To protect vulnerable communities, it is absolutely crucial to continue wearing masks as well as ensure equity in vaccine availability and distribution. Failing to do so will cost lives.”