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President-elect Joe Biden says he will ask Americans to wear masks for 100 days

Joe Biden said in a new interview with CNN that he will issue a standing mask order for certain areas

President-elect Joe Biden departs a news conference after introducing his nominees and appointees to economic policy posts at The Queen theater, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Wilmington, Del.
President-elect Joe Biden departs a news conference after introducing his nominees and appointees to economic policy posts at The Queen theater, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Wilmington, Del.
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President-elect Joe Biden said Thursday night during a CNN interview that he will ask the nation to wear face masks during his first 100 days in office.

  • “Just 100 days to mask. Not forever — 100 days,” Biden said. “I think we’ll see a significant reduction if that occurs with vaccinations and masking, to drive down the numbers considerably.”
  • Biden said he will issue a standing order for masks in some locations.

Per CBS News, Biden floated the idea of a nationwide mask mandate during his time running for president. But he has changed his tune on that idea since he doesn’t have authority to create a mandate like that.

  • However, Biden said he will call for masks to be worn in federal buildings and when people travel from state to state, like on airplanes or buses, according to CBS News.

A look at his first 100 days:

Biden wants to focus on immigration, the environment and the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic during his first 100 days, according to the Deseret News.

  • “This is more than just a financial crisis,” Biden said to NBC’s Holt of the nearly yearlong coronavirus pandemic. “It’s a crisis that is causing real mental stress for millions of people. And it’s within our power to solve it and grow the economy at the same time.”