Woman burns mask in opposition of North Carolina governor’s mandate

Woman burns mask in opposition of North Carolina governor’s mandate
A North Carolina woman burned a face mask to show her opposition to a state order requiring that residents wear them. (WSOCTV.com/WSOCTV.com)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A North Carolina woman burned a face mask to show her opposition to a state order requiring that residents wear them. 

Ashley Smith, the founder of Reopen NC, posted video of herself setting fire to a mask and voicing her opposition of Gov. Roy Cooper’s mask mandate that starts Friday.

“This is another example of just a further nanny state overreach of Gov. Cooper who is spending his resources policing the movements of law abiding North Carolinians,” Smith said.

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People in the state will have to wear masks in public places indoors and outdoors when physical distancing is not possible with some exceptions, WSOC-TV reported.

Smith previously started a "Burn Your Mask Challenge" on social media as state leaders mulled the decision to require masks, WSOC-TV reported

“I don’t see it as immature. I see it as sending a statement,” Smith said previously. “I think it’s extremely selfish to tell someone they have to wear a mask.”

There are 57,538 confirmed cases and 1,305 deaths from the coronavirus in North Carolina, according to The New York Times