Health & Environment, States

Red States Boldly Resist Mask Mandates

While most U.S. states have dropped their mask mandates, a handful of Republican governors are outright banning state governmental entities from ever requiring the face-coverings again. The Republican-led states of Texas, Florida, Utah, and Iowa have taken action to prevent future tyrannical government overreach in their states.

In the wee hours of the morning Thursday, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed legislation prohibiting school districts, cities and counties from implementing mask mandates. The law prevents schools from forcing children in kindergarten through 12th grade schools to wear masks, and stops cities and counties from mandating masks in businesses.

As usual, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was way ahead of the pack, suspending all mask mandates in the state on May 3. He also signed into law SB 2006, which limits government’s ability to impose mask requirements and other social-distancing measures in the Sunshine State. The law also prohibits “vaccine passports”.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott meanwhile signed an executive order on Tuesday prohibiting state governmental entities from imposing mask mandates. “Texans, not government, should decide their best health practices, which is why masks will not be mandated by public school districts or government entities. We can continue to mitigate COVID-19 while defending Texans’ liberty to choose whether or not they mask up,” Abbott said in a news release. Read more…

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