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VATICAN CITY, Italy, October 8, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Vatican City State made wearing masks outdoors compulsory as of Tuesday in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus, and a day later, Italy followed suit. 

Bishop Fernando Vérgez, Secretary General of the Governorate of Vatican City State sent a letter to Vatican department heads October 6 stating that masks should be worn “in the open air and in all workplaces where distance cannot always be guaranteed,” Catholic News Agency reported.

On Wednesday, Italy imposed a nationwide outdoor mask mandate with fines of up to 1,000 euros (US$1,163) for violators, Associated Press (AP) reported.

Italy’s government passed the order even though the country’s overall per capita infection rate is among the lowest in Europe.

However, the number of COVID cases has risen steadily over the last nine weeks, and Premier Giuseppe Conte said the measure is needed “because we want to avoid at all cost more restrictive measures for production and social activities,” according to AP.

Italy’s new mask mandate requires that people wear masks outdoors, unless they can guarantee they are totally isolated from anyone but family, it reported.

Moreover, masks must now be worn indoors everywhere except in private homes.

“The state can’t ask citizens to wear masks in their own homes,” Conte said. “But we have a strong recommendation for all citizens: Even in our families we have to be careful.”

The measure is in force 24 hours a day, with exceptions for children under the age of six, people with health conditions that preclude wearing masks, and those engaged in exercise.

The mask mandate was part of a government decree extending the state of emergency until Jan. 31, AP reported.

The Lazio region, which includes Rome, passed an ordinance mandating masks outdoors as of October 3, with a $500 fine for non-compliance, according to CNA. It also applies 24 hours a day, and allows the same exceptions as the national mandate.

As for the Vatican’s outdoor mask mandate, it applies to extraterritorial properties in Rome located outside Vatican City, Vérgez said in his letter.

“In all environments this standard must be constantly respected,” he wrote, adding that observing all other measures to restrict the virus is strongly recommended.

Pope Francis was photographed wearing a face covering for the first time on September 9 when he arrived by car for his general audience. However, immediately after he stepped out of the car, the Holy Father removed his mask, according to CNA.

AP reported that the pontiff was not wearing a face mask during his indoor general audience this Wednesday “even as he greeted well-wishers and shook their hands.”

The World Health Organization has not specifically recommended masks outdoors for the general population, but “the trend has taken off in Italy,” it added.

The country added 3,678 new cases and 31 deaths due to the coronavirus to its records on Wednesday, “the highest increase in new cases since the peak of the outbreak in April,” AP stated.

As well as Italy, Spain, Turkey, North Macedonia, India and a number of other Asian countries have imposed nationwide outdoor mask mandates, as have the cities of Paris, Brussels and Pristina, Kosovo.

The Australian state of Victoria has had an outdoor mask mandate for months, and is notorious for its harsh enforcement of the measure.

Moreover, 33 American states and the District of Columbia mandate that masks be worn “in indoor public spaces such as restaurants and stores, on public transit and ride-hailing services, and outdoors when unable to maintain six feet of distance from others,” according to the American Association of Retired People (AARP).

Critics of such regulations assert there is little evidence that masks stop the spread of COVID. Some suggest governments may have other motives for imposing the sweeping measures.

A LifeSiteNews petition opposing mask mandates notes that “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.”

The petition has been signed by 103,287 people to date.

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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.

We are encouraging people to continue SIGNING this petition and SHARING it via other platforms such as Parler and Gab, and to share the link below with your family and friends on Whatsapp, Telegram, Threema and Signal.

Thank you!

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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.

Thank you!

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.

***Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

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