(Jamaica Observer) Dr Christopher Tufton, health and wellness minister, used his weekly COVID-19 virtual press conference to set the record straight in light of Buju Banton’s recent anti-mask wearing utterance.
“Wearing of mask it is the norm, not the exception. In the developed world, in the United States, it’s all there. We’re very confident it is the right thing to do and we certainly would encourage Jamaicans to comply, and this is why this is part of the law, as contained in the orders,” Tufton said on Thursday evening. “We will continue to push that message because we think it’s the right thing so to do.”
Tufton’s position echoes that of the World Health Organization which states that wearing a mask, especially when persons cannot social distance six feet, limits the risk of getting COVID-19.
Last Wednesday, Buju Banton took to Instagram in an expletive-laced tirade denouncing the wearing of masks while urging Jamaicans to be mindful of lies.
Wi waan done with this mask-wearing bull*** inna Jamaica. Who fi dead a go dead, an’ who nah go dead ah fi jus’ live,” the entertainer told his 1.2 million followers.