Health & Environment, States

DeSantis Smacks Down Schools on Mask Mandates

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has issued an executive order banning masks in schools. He slammed the CDC’s recommendation in favor of them, saying it showed the organization had a “callous disregard for the physical, emotional, and academic well-being of our children.”

DeSantis issued the order on Friday, which noted that forcing children to wear masks in schools “may lead to negative health and societal ramifications,” and could also “inhibit breathing, lead to the collection of dangerous impurities and adversely affect communications in the classroom and student performance.” It also argued that there was no statistically significant evidence that would show that mask mandates affected the rate of coronavirus spread.

At a press conference only hours before the institution of his order, the Governor said that banning masks in schools was the right move. “I think that this decision about whether parents want their kids to have to wear masks all day at school, I think that’s a decision that falls squarely within the concord of this Parents’ Bill of Rights that I signed,” he said.

DeSantis also slammed the CDC and other authorities for their ridiculous recommendations. “There is no off-ramp,” he said. “We were told that the off-ramp was vaccinations. Now we’re told that that’s not going to be the case, and yet you’re going to have to do masking, you may have to do restrictions and potentially other severe forms of mitigation which we know have a devastating impact on so many people’s lives and livelihoods and freedoms,” he continued. Read more…

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