HILLSBORO, OR – An Oregon judge who described
mandatory mask-wearing as a “nanny state” requirement, is now
under investigation by the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health
Administration to determine if he is putting the health of workers
and jurors at risk.�
As reported by
The Statesman Journal, the judge does not wear a mask or other
type of face-covering in his courtroom. He does not force anyone
else to do so either.
Judge D. Charles Bailey shared his thoughts with attorneys for
both sides before ushering in 17 prospective jurors.
He then relayed those same thoughts to them.
At no point did he state that people were not allowed to wear
them. He said that they were not required to wear masks. He asked
that everyone maintain social distancing requirements, especially
if a mask was not in use.
The judge also provided an opportunity for anyone with an issue
about the mask policy to raise their concerns and it would be
discussed. No one was heard on the recording voicing any such
â€œAs you all can see, Iâ€™m not wearing a mask,â€
Bailey told the jurors.
â€œItâ€™s very uncomfortable for me to wear, so I know
theyâ€™re uncomfortable for you all. And so when youâ€™re in my
courtroom, I treat everybody as adults, which you all get to make
adult decisions that you think are the best for you and those
According to the recording, he also instructed individuals who
had a directive from their employer to continue following that
directive. Bailey further reminded everyone that upon leaving his
courtroom, they would again be required to put on their masks.
But according to OSHA, the judge is potentially putting everyone
in his courtroom at risk.
It is important to note that Oregon OSHA officials recently
extended the requirements for social distancing and mask-wearing in
the workplace. New rules put in place as part of that extension
were announced this past Friday. They take effect on November 16
and run through May 4, 2021.
The OSHA mandate requirements are:
â€“ Ensure six-foot distancing between all people in the
workplace through the design of work activities and workflow,
unless it can be shown it is not feasible for some activities.
â€“ Ensure that all individuals, including employees, part-time
workers, and customers, at the workplace or other establishment
under the employerâ€™s control wear a mask, face-covering, or face
shield in line with the Oregon health authorityâ€™s statewide
â€“ Provide masks, face-coverings, or face shields for employees
free of cost. If an employee chooses to wear a mask, face shield,
or face-covering, even when it is not required, the employer must
allow them to do so.
â€“ Ensure that when employees are in a vehicle for work-related
purposes, regardless of the travel distance or duration, all people
inside the vehicle must wear a mask, face-covering, or face shield.
This requirement does not apply when all people in the vehicle are
members of the same household.
â€“ Maximize the effectiveness of existing ventilation systems,
maintain, and replace air filters, and clean intake ports providing
fresh or outdoor air. The temporary rule does not require employers
to purchase or install new ventilation systems.
â€“ Conduct a risk assessment, a process that must involve
participation and feedback from employees, to gauge potential
employee exposure to COVID-19, including addressing specific
questions about how to minimize such exposure.
â€“ Develop an infection control plan addressing several
elements, including when workers must use personal protective
equipment and a description of specific hazard controls.
â€“ Provide information and training to workers about topics
related to COVID-19. They must do so in a manner and language
understood by workers.
â€“ Notify affected workers within 24 hours of a work-related
â€“ Cooperate with public health officials if testing within the
workplace is necessary. If an employee must quarantine or isolate,
the employer must follow proper work reassignment and
In conjunction with the OSHA orders, Governor Kate Brown has
ordered a pause on social activities in four Oregon counties
beginning Wednesday. Those counties include Multnomah, where
Portland is located.
These Tweets were less than 11
hours apart. The coronabros are complete and total hypocrites.
â€” Clay Travis (@ClayTravis)
November 8, 2020
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Officials in one California city encourage people to call police
for people not wearing masks
SIMI VALLEY, CA â€“ City officials for Simi
Valley, California, has recently encouraged people to call
police when they see someone walking through a business and not
wearing a mask.
With all of the crimes associated with defunding the police in
the liberal state, perhaps they should have contracted out with a
social worker to handle a complaint that has no legal
â€” CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA)
November 5, 2020
Samantha Argabrite, the Deputy City Manager of Simi Valley,
â€œBusinesses in Simi Valley who encounter individuals
who will not adhere to store policies requiring face coverings may
report those individuals for removal by contacting the Simi Valley
The city claimed that they made this announcement to allow the
owners of the businesses some type of options when customers refuse
to wear a mask. The hope is that the police officer that responds
will be able to calm the customer and simply remove him or her from
Lol. Same people want the
police defunded going to call the police because of no mask lol
â€” MmymBbq (@BbqMmym)
November 5, 2020
The city said that the police department will respond and escort
that person outside of the property. They also informed the
businesses that whoever is found to be in violation of the order
and escorted off of the property will not be subject to a
â€œAs you would with anyone who would be belligerent or
difficult inside your store.
Certainly we donâ€™t want to have to arrest people and
we certainly donâ€™t want to have to escort people from businesses,
but obviously the police will do what they have to within their
powers to do to ensure they have a safe environment and that
businesses and customers feel comfortable.â€
The move is because of the current COVID requirements in the
State of California imposed by the State Department of Health.
There, the law requires face coverings for people who are inside
of places other than their homes, waiting in a line to enter a
building, waiting or riding on any public transportation. The law
also requires masks to be worn in any circumstances in which people
are outside and cannot socially distance.
CBSN Los Angeles spoke to a local manager of a store, Dr.
Conkeyâ€™s Candy and Coffee.
The manger, Susan Cooper, is happy that she has the ability to
contact the Simi Valley Police in cases that her customers refuse
to wear a mask. So far, she said that she has not seen any
widespread issue of people being belligerent, but she has had to
remind a few to put one on.
â€œHelpful for them [police] to take it down a notch and
help the situation instead of us having to do that. We donâ€™t
have to work with someone whoâ€™s irate.â€
While police often respond to calls of irate customers in
businesses, and they mostly end peacefully, that is not always the
And with rigid opinions on both side of mask wearing, tempers
can run high, like in
Chicago, Illinois were two women are accused of brutally
stabbing a security guard who asked them to put on masks.
In that incident, two women were approached by the store
security guard who told them to wear their face masks. The women,
who did not like being told what to do, argued with the guard. One
of the women took out her cell phone and allegedly threatened to
have someone come beat the guard up for her.
The guard tried to remove the cell phone from her hand to
prevent her from doing so while the other jumped on top of the
guard, allegedly brutally stabbing him 27 times. When the guard
went down, the pair kicked him and taunted him while he was on the
Amazingly, the guard, despite his wounds, was able to keep both
women inside the store until police arrived and took them both into
custody for attempted murder. Thankfully, it appears that the
guard did not suffer any life-threatening injuries from the
But, imagine for a moment, a case like this one happens in Simi
Valley, and the police are forced to respond to the resistance
offered by the suspect. What if, like in Philadelphia, the
officers are forced to open fire because they are getting charged
at with someone who is armed?
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