The leadership of Hilton Head Island, SC have taken it upon themselves to REMOVE our right to choose whether wearing a mask is right for our individual and deeply personal situations. They have instituted a mandate (complete with citations and fines) based on recommendations from the CDC, who have stated:
"we found no significant reduction in influenza transmission with the use of face masks"(Volume 26, Number 5-May 2020 Policy Review; Nonpharmaceutical Measures for Pandemic in Nonhealthcare Settings-Personal Protective and Environmental Measures).
We, the people of Hilton Head Island, are free people and have the right to make choices about our personal health decisions. It is our decision whether or not we choose to wear a mask. Our body is our private property and it is our God-given right to protect it as we see fit.
SIGN the petition below to tell the Mayor and Town Council we oppose the mask mandate in Hilton Head Island, SC!
To Mayor McCann and Hilton Head Town Council:
Since the mask mandate was enacted on July 1st, our lovely island has been torn apart. There are no more hellos, no smiles that Hilton Head is known for; just angry and anxious neighbors quickly running in and out of stores when necessary. There are no friendly strolls along our sidewalks and enjoying our many stores and restaurants. Our businesses are struggling on reduced capacities and put in the horrible position of policing mask usage. And worst of all, many of our islanders have taken mask policing into their own hands, creating a huge divide among the community. The masks are destroying what has made us the Most Popular Island in America-our beautiful community full of friendly faces.
We, the citizens of Hilton Head Island, declare your mask mandate to be an infringement on our personal rights to make our own health decisions; something that only we can know best. You do not have the jurisdiction to keep us from breathing fresh air or choosing the establishments we wish to frequent simply based on science that hasn't concluded anything.