Thousands of anti-mask and vaccine-mandated protesters gathered in the Mall of Washington, DC on Sunday to voice their opposition to the Biden administration’s COVID-19 mask and vaccine policies.
Gathering at the base of the Washington Monument, then marching towards the Lincoln Memorial, protesters held up signs saying, “Make Love Not Mandates!!” and “Coercion is not a choice.”
COVID-19 has killed more than 860,000 people in the United States — and more than 5.5 million worldwide — over the two-year pandemic and taken a heavy toll on the economy.
On January 13, the United States Supreme Court blocked President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccination or testing mandate for big business – a policy that conservative justices have seen as an improper imposition on life and health. many Americans – while approving a separate federal law. requirement of vaccines for health establishments.
Many American companies have implemented mandatory mask-wearing policies to protect their workers, as have various municipalities and cultural organizations.
The masks remain polarizing. Biden, a Democrat, recently urged people to wear masks and noted that about a third of Americans say they don’t wear masks at all. Many Republican-leaning states have no mask requirements. Some Democratic-ruled states like California have reimposed indoor mask mandates.