Democrat governors in four different states are suddenly talking about lifting statewide mask mandates and the timing is a little curious.
It seems this is all happening in the run-up to the 2022 midterms.
The public’s attitude about masking and other COVID policies is waning and it’s showing up in polls.
It all seems rather coincidental.
The Associated Press reports:
Governors in 4 states plan for end to school mask mandates
The governors of four states announced plans Monday to lift statewide mask requirements in schools by the end of February or March, citing the rapid easing of COVID-19′s omicron surge.
The decisions in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey and Oregon were announced as state and local governments grapple with which virus restrictions to jettison and which ones to keep in place. The changes also come amid a growing sense that the virus is never going to go away and Americans need to find a way to coexist with it.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy called the move “a huge step back to normalcy for our kids” and said individual school districts will be free to continue requiring masks after the state mandate ends March 7.
Meanwhile, California announced plans to end its indoor masking requirement for vaccinated people next week, but masks will still be the rule for schoolchildren in the nation’s most populous state.
The four states are among a dozen with mask mandates in schools, according to the nonpartisan National Academy for State Health Policy. New Jersey’s requirement has been in place since classes resumed in person in September 2020.
Over at CNN, they are actually saying “the science has changed.” The science has changed? The same science we were told was settled and which no one was allowed to dispute?
"The science has changed." @DrLeanaWen explains why she supports lifting some pandemic restrictions and thinks the decision to wear a mask should shift from a government mandate to an individual choice. pic.twitter.com/vaiybBBF2b
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) February 8, 2022
It’s starting to look like this was never really about science.