Responsible leaders ought to implement temporary emergency measures to combat a global pandemic when those measures are based on the neutral recommendations of public health experts.
We live in a society where caring for our neighbors matters and ought to matter. Mandating mask wearing is not forcing people to bend to a strongman's will.
Neither, for that matter, is mandating beachwear instead of nudity at the beach. But I bet you don't think that' s a strongman tactic. All societies enforce sensible rules.