Face masks remain symbol of division as Gov. Tim Walz mulls mandate
July 13, 2020
The partisan divide was apparent on the face of every Minnesota lawmaker gathered for the private meeting at the State Capitol in June.
It was the closing hours of the last special session and the group of dealmakers remained at odds on the intricacies of police reform. But before negotiations even began, there was a stark contrast: Every Democrat entered the room with a face covering; but not one Republican wore a mask.
The face mask - a basic item health officials consider a simple precaution against the spread of COVID-19 - has become a symbol of political division across the state and the nation.