Protesters gather to speak out against Joplin’s mask ordinance

JOPLIN, Mo. – Dozens of protesters lined Main Street in downtown Joplin outside city hall, chanting “No Masks, No Fear” as they spoke out against the city’s mask ordinance.

That ordinance began on July 11, in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

It requires those 6 and older to wear a mask in public places, or where social distancing is not possible, with exceptions for religious or health reasons.

Despite health experts saying face coverings reduce the spread of COVID-19 transmission, protesters say the city has gone too far with this ordinance.Protester In Joplin

“I feel I’m not going to be forced to wear one, you should have the choice, and it’s America. You’re supposed to have freedoms that they’re now taking away from us, and it’s just a baby step to taking another freedom away from us,” expressed Craig Wheeler, one protester in attendance.

“We’ve already been suffering from all the shut downs and everything else, so then you want to add this on top of it and split the community in half because some people want the mandate and some people don’t, so why can’t we just let people choose,” asked Mike McEwenProtesters

It wasn’t just Joplin citizens in attendance. People from surrounding towns of Neosho, Seneca and Diamond joined in the demonstration against Joplin’s mask ordinance as well.

The mask ordinance will remain in effect until August 17.