‘Highly irate ’ Tampa Bay mask rules spur hundreds of police calls

Christopher Spata and Sara DiNatale, writing for The Tampa Bay Times:

Often, law enforcement has determined there was no violation. In Tampa, police responded to several complaints where they explained to callers that people can go maskless indoors if they maintain a social distance of 6 feet. Someone called police to a Hillsborough Avenue Waffle House to complain diners weren’t in masks. Police explained you don’t have to wear one while eating.

This whole thing drives me nuts. Police aren’t really willing to enforce any rules. Restaurants are open for dine-in. When businesses try to enforce their own rules, customers act like victims.

What I know is other countries have this virus under control. The US does not and there’s a distinct disparity in how we’ve gone about it here. Worse, I feel like some are kind of proud of that.