The states of Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, California and Oregon, all governed by Democrats, announced their intention to relax mask mandates in schools and other enclosed spaces in the coming weeks, following recent controversies in which California’s Democratic governor, Gavin Newsom, and fellow Democrat, Stacey Abrams, were found breaking mandatory facemask rules at different events.
The Governor of California was photographed with former NBA player Magic Johnson at a sporting event without a mask, breaking the same rules set by him.
While Stacey Abrams, Democratic candidate for governor of Georgia, went to a school where she was photographed with a crowd of children wearing masks, while she smiled without masks.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said Monday that the requirement of masks in schools and daycare centers will expire on March 7, and remarked the decision as “a big step back to normalcy” for children.
In a similar vein, the governor of California, Gavin Newsom, indicated on Monday that the order to wear face masks indoors will end on February 15 in the state; and Kate Brown, governor of Oregon, where this mandate will end on March 31.
In Connecticut, the end of this order is scheduled for February 28 and in Delaware, for February 11.