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Mask mandate on National Forest land

Post by Brian Thomas » Fri Jan 22, 2021 9:42 am

Preface: this thread is not about the election or the new administration. This thread is not about arguing whether or not COVID is real (my mom and stepdad both had it in September, yes it is actually real). This thread is about mandating the wearing of masks on federal property which includes National Parks, National Forests, BLM land, Wilderness areas.

I wear a mask when I am shopping at King Soopers and see no objection to that. I'll wear one inside any public building I need to go in (I've stopped going in many public buildings besides King Soopers).

That said, I will not be wearing a mask while hiking, snowshoeing, skiing (on non-resort terrain) on public land where, the places I typically go, there's never more than a few cars in the trailhead parking lot.

There is a difference between hiking on Mt Falcon in the Front Range foothills, where I put a mask on when crossing paths with other people, and hiking in uncrowded areas. We are all adults, COVID has been here for a year now so there's no lack of awareness of its risks.

Responsible adults can act like adults based on the circumstances and location of where they are hiking.

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Re: Mask mandate on National Forest land

Post by painless4u2 » Fri Jan 22, 2021 10:14 am

Oh, I wouldn't worry about it. Just tell them you were "celebrating" like maskless Biden at the Lincoln Memorial.
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Re: Mask mandate on National Forest land

Post by rijaca » Fri Jan 22, 2021 10:23 am

Il Duce didn't wear one....
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Re: Mask mandate on National Forest land

Post by cedica » Fri Jan 22, 2021 10:24 am

Yeah, right! We didn't hear from that X-fitter dude in a while. :justkillme:
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Re: Mask mandate on National Forest land

Post by crossfitter » Fri Jan 22, 2021 10:38 am

cedica wrote:
Fri Jan 22, 2021 10:24 am
Yeah, right! We didn't hear from that X-fitter dude in a while. :justkillme:
You rang?

Call the FBI on me, I'm not wearing the f***ing face diaper while hiking outside with the nearest person a quarter mile away. When did everyone become morons and decide that passing a stranger for 3 seconds in 20mph wind was "not safe"? I thought we were following the science here?

Seriously, arrest me or shoot me, I'm not playing these games.
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Re: Mask mandate on National Forest land

Post by MichelleLW » Fri Jan 22, 2021 10:40 am

Guidance on the exact enforcement of the mandate hasn't come out yet, but the mandate itself states "individuals in Federal buildings and on Federal lands should all wear masks, maintain physical distance, and adhere to other public health measures, as provided in CDC guidelines

CDC guidelines state that "Masks may not be necessary when you are outside by yourself away from others, or with other people who live in your household. However, some localities may have mask mandates while out in public, please check for the rules in your locality."

So Biden, at what appears to be quite a distance from anyone else, and you on the trail, may well be just fine under the mandate.
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Re: Mask mandate on National Forest land

Post by Somewhat of a Prick » Fri Jan 22, 2021 10:45 am

Not hiking with a mask on. No science being followed with that one
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Re: Mask mandate on National Forest land

Post by 9patrickmurphy » Fri Jan 22, 2021 10:46 am

This is nothing for anyone to get upset over. At this point it's just common courtesy. Hike without a mask until you're passing someone, at which point you can either cover your face for a few seconds or just step off the trail. Nobody's going to insist that you need to be wearing a mask when you're miles away from another person.

End of thread? (dear god, please, end of thread...)
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Re: Mask mandate on National Forest land

Post by yaktoleft13 » Fri Jan 22, 2021 10:49 am

9patrickmurphy wrote:
Fri Jan 22, 2021 10:46 am
This is nothing for anyone to get upset over. At this point it's just common courtesy. Hike without a mask until you're passing someone, at which point you can either cover your face for a few seconds or just step off the trail. Nobody's going to insist that you need to be wearing a mask when you're miles away from another person.

End of thread? (dear god, please, end of thread...)
Please dear God, please. But it won't be, because idiots on the internet love to hear themselves bloviate
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Re: Mask mandate on National Forest land

Post by Somewhat of a Prick » Fri Jan 22, 2021 10:50 am

9patrickmurphy wrote:
Fri Jan 22, 2021 10:46 am
This is nothing for anyone to get upset over. At this point it's just common courtesy. Hike without a mask until you're passing someone, at which point you can either cover your face for a few seconds or just step off the trail. Nobody's going to insist that you need to be wearing a mask when you're miles away from another person.

End of thread? (dear god, please, end of thread...)
And science behind the efficacy of this?
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Re: Mask mandate on National Forest land

Post by crossfitter » Fri Jan 22, 2021 10:53 am

9patrickmurphy wrote:
Fri Jan 22, 2021 10:46 am
This is nothing for anyone to get upset over. At this point it's just common courtesy. Hike without a mask until you're passing someone, at which point you can either cover your face for a few seconds or just step off the trail. Nobody's going to insist that you need to be wearing a mask when you're miles away from another person.

End of thread? (dear god, please, end of thread...)
Don't worry, we're gonna get this one nuked like all the others. They always do as soon as us dissenters come out of the woodwork to spread wrongthink. I'm not wearing a mask outside ever, period. Anyone afraid of catching the rona from passing a stranger on a trail should probably rethink their risk tolerance towards mountaineering.
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- Alpinism and mountaineering are not restricted to 14,000 foot mountains
- Judgment and experience are the two most important pieces of gear you own
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Re: Mask mandate on National Forest land

Post by douglas » Fri Jan 22, 2021 10:55 am

If nobody responds the thread will die - please?
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