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ROME, December 21, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte announced on Friday that the country will face a nationwide lockdown, akin to the stringent summer lockdown, between Christmas Eve and January 6. “It’s not an easy decision, but these measures are necessary,” Conte said.

Currently, Italy operates a color-coded, three-tier system whereby citizens are restricted more or less harshly to “attenuate” the spread of COVID-19, with the “red zone” being “high-risk” and entailing the greatest restrictions, the “orange zone” sitting at “middle-risk,” and the “yellow zone” as “low-risk” and being the least restrictive. In none of the tiers is full freedom of movement permitted, as denizens of yellow tiers can travel only to and from other yellow-tier areas.

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PETITION UPDATE (8/27/2020)

Thank you for continuing to SIGN and SHARE this petition, which asks policymakers at all levels of government to reverse mandatory mask orders within their borders.

Facebook has restored the share link for this petition, saying that the decision to block it was a 'mistake...'

Please share with your Facebook friends, but we should all take heed of this warning: when an organization or individuals have to beg, plead and cajole just to express objective truths, it may be time to start looking for other social networking platforms.

Facebook needs to treat its users with respect, no matter their political persuasion. Moreover, Facebook needs to treat objective reality and facts with more respect.

One-size-fits-all oppressive government mask mandates must stop!

Healthy adults and children should not be forced - by the state - to wear masks when the risk of infection is low and the benefit of wearing a mask is highly questionable.

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PETITION UPDATE (8/25/2020)

Facebook is actively censoring this petition, saying that some people find it 'abusive.'

How anyone could find alternate facts about oppressive mask mandates 'abusive' is incredible...that is, impossible to believe.

This is exactly the kind of censorship which Big Tech is getting a bad reputation for.

The fact that Facebook calls differing opinion and objective reality "abusive" says a lot about Facebook and their agenda to silence reason and logic, not just conservatives and Christians.

But, people are more intelligent than Facebook give them credit for.

And, the more this continues, the more reasonable people will look alternate platforms to share their thoughts and connect with their friends and family. The more that happens, the less revenue Facebook will generate.

All of us have a decision to make, and the time is coming where we might have to tell our Facebook friends that we are moving to another platform.

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One-size-fits-all oppressive government mask mandates must stop!

Healthy adults and children should not be forced - by the state - to wear masks when the risk of infection is low and the benefit of wearing a mask is highly questionable.

Please SIGN this petition which asks policymakers at all levels of government to reverse mandatory mask mandates within their borders

Public health policies should be based on science and logic, not on the type of political posturing and virtue-signaling which led Joe Biden to recently call for a national mask mandate.

And, public health policies certainly shouldn't lead to a situation where more people could become sick.

But, that is exactly what these mandatory mask mandates are doing.

Here are four inconvenient facts about masks:

1) Masks** are largely ineffective at stopping the transmission of viruses.

The vast majority of masks worn by the public are made from material which cannot filter-out viruses because virus particles are too small to catch or obstruct.  Wearing cloth masks to stop a virus is like putting a bee in a bird cage to keep it from flying away.

Wearing a mask for long periods of time ensures that the wearer has a warm and moist receptacle around his or her mouth, on which viruses and bacteria can land and accumulate.

Thus, masks are actually likely to have little effect in stopping the spread of COVID-19 acting as a barrier, but could actually make things worse acting as a receptacle.

2) Mandates which call for masks to be worn outdoors are both absurd and oppressive.

3) There are clearly documented hazards of wearing masks for long periods of time.

4) And, since school is on everyone's mind...

Notwithstanding the above information on the ineffectiveness of most masks against viruses, we don't know if asymptomatic children can even transmit the virus.

But, it was a reported in an article in the July 21, 2020 Uk Times that: "There has been no recorded case of a teacher catching the coronavirus from a pupil anywhere in the world, according to one of the UK government's leading scientific advisers."

And, we also know that children are extremely unlikely to get seriously ill or die from COVID infections. In any case, children cannot possibly be expected to wear a mask properly in a way that would cut transmission.

There are still a lot of unknowns about COVID-19, but we have grown in our understanding of this disease since the beginning of the crisis.

The knowledge we have gained should allow government and health authorities to make more nuanced policies than the current one-size-fits-all mask mandates.

Where are the legislative hearings in county commissions, and state, provincial or federal legislatures before these drastic actions are mandated? Where are the open and transparent debates among experts that provide our representatives with the necessary information to make good policy decisions?

The real pandemic is the panic and the resulting tyranny that is being caused by dictatorial governors, corporate media and the monopolistic Big Tech.

The truth is that COVID-19 is like a bad cold for most people; this is not ebola or the plague.

Of course, the very elderly and those with serious health conditions should take precautions or be quarantined, but the rest of society should begin the long process of returning to normality.

The frenzy to force everyone to wear a mask, at all times, has gone beyond all comprehension, and goes against science and logic.

Please SIGN this petition which asks policymakers at all levels of government to reverse any mandatory mask order within the borders of their county, state, province, or country.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:

'Explosion in mandatory masking isn’t driven by science, but fear', PART I - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/explosion-in-mandatory-masking-isnt-driven-by-science-but-fear

'Explosion in mandatory masking isn’t driven by science, but fear', PART II - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/explosion-in-mandatory-masking-isnt-driven-by-science-but-fear-part-ii

OSHA Document on Surgical Masks and Respirators stating that surgical masks do NOT prevent airborne particles (e.g. viruses) from being inhaled - https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3219.pdf

'PETER HITCHENS: Face masks turn us into voiceless submissives - and it’s not science forcing us to wear them, it’s politics' - https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-8537489/PETER-HITCHENS-Face-masks-turn-voiceless-submissives.html

**Here, we are referring to the masks worn by the vast majority of the public, not to specialist masks or respirator-type masks.

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But on Friday, Prime Minister Conte announced that all of Italy will be plunged into the “red zone” from December 24 to 27, and then again from December 31 to January 6. On these days, the economy faces strict lockdown measures, with hospitality having to close as well as so-called “non-essential” shops. Even takeaway meals can be ordered only until 10 P.M. Churches will still be open for religious services for the duration of the lockdown, but only until 10 P.M., ruling out Christmas Day midnight Masses.

The days in between the “red zone” lockdown (December 28–30 and January 4) will become “orange zone” days, meaning “non-essential” shops can reopen, but bars and restaurants will have to remain closed.

The “red zone” restrictions are added to the curfew that has already been in effect in most parts of the country. Italians are not allowed to leave their homes between the hours of 10 P.M. and 5 A.M. unless they can prove that they have “essential reasons,” listed as “work or health.” Individuals are required to fill out a “modulo di autodichiarazione,” or self-declaration form, to demonstrate to the authorities the reason they have deigned to venture outside their homes at night.

Wanted in Rome reports that the “form requires the holder to include personal details stating who they are, where they are coming from, and where they are going, their reasons for being out, and that they are aware of the penalties involved for breaking the curfew rules.” Breaking curfew can land you a €200 fine (about $245), but one man recently was fined double that after he broke curfew in November.

In making this announcement, Conte said, “The situation is still difficult, it’s difficult across the whole of Europe. It’s for this reason we are really worried that the [infection] curve could rise during the festive period.” Conte is expected to begin his mass rollout scheme for the COVID-19 vaccine before the end of the month, now that the European Commission has approved the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for use in the E.U. Vaccinations could begin as early as December 27.

The imposition of locking people in their homes and rushing production of a vaccination as necessary measures to curb a death toll out of control has come under mounting scrutiny. On the former, Phil Lawler of CatholicCulture.org writes that, contrary to what Western governments would like you to think, there “really isn’t much evidence at all that lockdowns are saving lives. There is abundant evidence, on the other hand, that the lockdowns have imposed immense costs on society.”

“The economic costs — the businesses going bankrupt, the restaurants closed, the family firms destroyed — are unmistakable. Slightly less obvious, but more frightening, are the costs to people with medical problems not related to COVID,” Lawler warned. One only needs to look at the “deaths associated with loneliness and depression, such as suicides and drug overdoses,” which “soared” this year, to grasp the devastating and deadly effects of strict lockdowns.

Italy is joined by many other European countries in imposing a Christmas lockdown, including the U.K., whose prime minister, Boris Johnson, announced that most of the country will be in the highest tier 3 and 4 restriction levels. They are also joined by Germany, which has had a national lockdown in place since December 16, lasting until January 10. Denmark, the Czech Republic, and the Netherlands will all be entering national lockdowns from Christmas Eve until at least early January 2021. Many other European states have some form of travel restrictions in place, though they fall shy of a full lockdown.

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