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Older Florida Man Throws Fit About Having To Wear A Mask To The Local Walmart

An older gentleman in Florida was captured on video freaking out because he was told that he had to wear a mask to enter the local Walmart. The facial mask has become a hot button issue as some people claim the best tool to defeat COVID-19 is infringing on their rights.

An older man is going viral after freaking out over a Walmart employee telling him he has to wear a mask.

There isn’t a lot of context about the video. However, one thing is clear, the older mand does not want to wear a mask. The video, taken in Orlando, shows an older man being confronted by an employee. The customer was attempting to enter the Walmart without wearing a mask.

The man, who is much smaller than the employee, did not want to hear it. Instead of following the rules and getting a mask, the man starts to physically assault the Walmart employee. At one moment in the video, the employee moves out of the way of the customer, who then fell to the floor in his rage.

Of course, people demanded the resolution of the video.

You can’t just post a video confrontation like that and just stop. The customer makes it into the store, likely because the employee did not want to get in trouble. However, the employees and other customers follow the unmasked man and demand that he leaves. He continues to fight back but it isn’t long that his face registers his defeat.

The man who refuses to wear a mask to protect public health starts to leave the store. On his way, he turns to the employee and yells some final, indistinguishable words.

The man lives in Orlando, where it is required for people to wear a mask when in a business.

The mayor of Orange County, Florida, which includes Orlando, mandated that people have to wear masks when they are in public. The mandate means that this man was supposed to be wearing a mask before entering the business.

Furthermore, many private businesses are requiring customers to wear masks when shopping. All businesses have a right to require customers to wear masks regardless of whether or not a city, county, or state requires it. It is no different than the no shoes, no shirt, no service policy.

The facial mask policy comes as Orange County, Florida is experiencing a COVID-19 spike.

Despite the state’s reopening, some restaurants in Orange County, Florida have had to close during this second spike. The restaurants were not ordered to do so. Instead, the companies took it up themselves to close and customers who had visited has tested positive.

Restaurants in Orange County, Florida have functioned at 50 percent capacity indoors since May 18.

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MLS Players Test Positive As Teams Travel To Florida To Start Tournament

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MLS Players Test Positive As Teams Travel To Florida To Start Tournament

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The numbers are startling. The number of COVID-19 infections in the U.S. is skyrocketing and breaking records for the number of infections almost daily. One of the hardest-hit states in Florida and the MLS is determined to bring their season back using Florida as their meeting ground.

MLS athletes and staff members are testing positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Florida.

Major League Soccer is one of the first sports to attempt to restart its season. Fans were excited about the decision to restart the sport and MLS officials set their sights on the Walt Disney World Resort. Teams were flown down to Orlando to create a bubble to restart the sport as safely as possible.

Florida is experiencing one of the most severe spikes in cases in the country and the MLS is not immune to the spread.

Florida recently reported more than 10,000 cases July 1, a record for the state, and within 1,000 infections from the nation’s record set in New York. Orange County, which is home to Orlando and Walt Disney World Resort, is facing one of the most devastating outbreaks in the state.

There is a lot of chatter about whether or not is possible for this bubble idea to work.

“So far, most guys have been sticking to their rooms, playing video games, FIFA and 2K. We’ve had the opportunity share meals together, which was nice because I haven’t eaten in a group in a long time,” San Jose defender Tommy Thompson told Tampa Bay Times. “It felt great to be back on the field. When we all got on that bus together and started to train with contact, it felt really good.”

Fans are questioning if this idea is going to work.

Some players have told the press that they do feel safe in the bubble as the teams practice and prepare for the MLS is Back Tournament.

“Everyone is wearing masks, some guys are wearing gloves, and I feel safe 100 percent,” Dallas midfielder Tanner Tessmann told Tampa Bay Times. “They separated us on the buses and on the plane. We are staying one to a room in the hotel. So, I feel really safe. They have good procedures in place, so everything should go smoothly.”

The MLS is Back Tournament is set to begin July 8, considering everything goes according to plan. The rest of the teams are expected to arrive this week with the first game between Inter Miami and Orlando City.

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Man Posts Plea For People To Social Distance After Falling Ill Of COVID-19 And Died The Next Day

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Man Posts Plea For People To Social Distance After Falling Ill Of COVID-19 And Died The Next Day

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The world is still in the midst of a deadly viral pandemic. COVID-19 is not going away on its own and there are things that people can do to slow the spread. One of the most effective tools is wearing a mask followed up by social distancing. One man thought he could ease up and contracted the virus. Here is his warning.

A man known as Tommy Macias died one day after warning people about the dangers of COVID-19.

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Macias died the next day after posting this message on Facebook warning his friends and family about the dangers of COVID-19. According to the man’s post, he attended a party and contracted the virus there. Health experts have warned against gathering with friends and family right now. Parties have become some of the most infectious sites leading to the current outbreaks across the country.

Macias’s Facebook post touches on a point that drives home the importance of wearing face masks. After being exposed, he then exposed his entire family because he ignored health regulations.

The man’s death from COVID-19 has created a fear among his friends.

“Don’t take advantage of the unknown, don’t expect things to be fine. Take this shit seriously,” @flawlessbikerzcordova wrote on Instagram. “I had been diligent about wearing my mask but from time to time loosen up around the crew and friends. Not anymore!”

The U.S. is seeing a spike in cases across several states and cases are increasing in 35 states. The U.S. has seen record infection numbers in recent days and that trend is mirrored in Calfornia where the sudden reopening of the economy led to a runaway outbreak in the state.

Macias is now one of the more than 127,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19.

According to NBC News, the Riverside County Office of Vital Records confirmed that Macias did die from COVID-19. According to Macias’s brother-in-law, Macias was diligent about wearing his mask and following health regulations. However, when California Governor Gavin Newsom signaled rapid reopening within weeks in June, Macias felt safe letting down his guard.

“He was quarantining because he was overweight and had diabetes,” Lopez told NBC News in explaining how careful Macias has been.

Macias’s death is a warning to Americans.

As the quarantining drags on due to reopening reversals, fatigue is setting in with Americans about self-isolation. With a holiday weekend underway, Macias’s message is a warning call to Americans as social distancing is forgotten and people argue over masks.

Health experts continue to stress the importance of wearing face masks when out in public and to stay away from indoor gatherings with friends, like parties. It might be uncomfortable and you might not like it but it is what we need to do to get back this virus.

Please stay safe, smart, and follow health guidelines this 4th of July weekend.

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