Students in New Jersey will finally be able to take a breath of fresh air, literally. President Joe Biden and his fellow Democrats will not be happy about this one.
Fox News reports that New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) is going to lift his mask mandate for school staffers and students.
It’s over, finally
Murphy made the announcement on Monday that “the statewide mask mandate for schools and child care settings will be lifted effective March 7th.”
“This is not a declaration of victory, as much as an acknowledgment that we can responsibly live with this thing,” Murphy emphasized during a recent press conference.
Murphy’s mandate has been in effect since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020. Murphy said on Monday that his motivation to finally end the mandate is “the continuing drop in new cases and hospitalizations from Omicron, and the continued growth in vaccinations.”
Murphy, though, is leaving it up to each school district to decide whether or not it wants to continue with its own mask mandate.
Although Murphy’s mandate is coming to an end, there still might be forced mask-wearing in New Jersey schools for the duration.
Mandates being lifted
A number of mask mandates have recently been lifted around the country as the COVID-19 case numbers continue to drop, including both mask mandates for the general population, and mask mandates for students.
On Monday, according to The Hill, Delaware Gov. John Carney (D) announced that he was lifting two mask mandates, one for indoor settings and one for state schools. Like Murphy, Carney is keeping his mandate for schools in effect until March, to allow students time to get vaccinated, and to allow districts to decide whether they want to move forward with their own mask mandates.
Whereas Carney and Murphy are lifting their mask mandates on their own – or so it would seem – other Democrat leaders, such as Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D), are being legally forced to do so.
An Illinois judge has just found Pritzker’s COVID-19 mandates for schools, including one that required masking, to be illegal.
It seems that with the dropoff in COVID-19 numbers, the Democrats’ stranglehold on Americans is finally being loosened, but many believe it’s simply because the November midterms are nearing, and it’s a last-ditch political play to drum up extra votes.