The New York Post, a tabloid with a history of spouting anti-mask sentiments, informed its employees earlier this month that they are requiring them to wear masks in the office, according to a staff memo.

Sean Giancola, publisher and chief executive of the tabloid, sent the following message to staff members in an August 12 memo: “Masks are required while walking the floor/not at your desk.”

According to a file attached to the memo, employees should “mask up” and “cover [their] face when away from [their] desk or chatting with colleagues.”

This mask mandate may come as a surprise, seeing as the Post has described the CDC’s masking recommendations as “madness.”


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In fact, when the CDC announced it July that it was recommending vaccinated people living in “substantial” and “high” transmission areas to wear masks, the Post‘s editorial board wrote: “This is nonsense — and pernicious, too.”

Additionally, in a July 7 article, the editorial board encouraged businesses to do away with mask mandates: “[it’s] time to scrap the mandate for masks on trains and buses.”

The board called mask mandates for public transportation “pointless and performative.”

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