The Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group met yesterday as salons and barbershops reopened around the state and Hillsborough Commission Chairman Les Miller visited a grocery store and was “utterly shocked” at the lack of people wearing masks.
“I was utterly shocked. I was probably among the 10 percent wearing masks, other the other 90 percent were not,” Miller said.
“We don’t want to mandate wearing a mask. I understand that,” he said. “But please, please, please, to save yourself and to save others, just wear the mask when you’re out,” he said.
Questioned about the mandate of mask wearing as a Constitutional intrusion, Miller pushed back: “We’re in the middle of a pandemic and certain rights have to be waived to a certain extent because we’re trying to save lives and each other.”
Fox noted that Miller is “69 years old and living with only one kidney, Miller would fall into the high-risk category when it comes to COVID-19. He believes people have become complacent now that Florida has entered phase one of reopening.”
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Back in April Miller spoke about the group’s modification of duties and focus.
“We never thought we’d have an (Emergency Policy Group) to deal with a pandemic. It was put together for hurricanes,’’ adding “These are unprecedented times.’’