New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D), stated this week that she is open to the possibility of requiring students to cover up at school in fall. However, there are currently no plans for a mandate.
” We don’t anticipate, based upon today’s statistics, that there will be a need for classroom masks. However, I reserve the right not to change this policy if these circumstances or the severity of illnesses change,” said the Democrat Wednesday.
“God forbid a variant of this virus affects children more severe,” she said, noting that there are still unknown viruses in the world.
” We feel we know everything but we might not. That’s why we need to prepare for it. Hochul stated that “my number one job” is to ensure the safety of New Yorkers and especially vulnerable children. Hochul spoke to students before they return to school in September.
Part of her strategy to help students return to school includes “vaccinations & boosters .”
While Hochul reserves the right to force children to mask up, she is not ready to lift the mask mandate for public transportation, contending that numbers have to be “consistently lower.”
” We are working hard to get people back to work and to use the subways. But they must feel secure.” she stated.
Hochul wasn’t the only politician to refuse to remove all masks. California’s San Diego Unified Schools District issued a directive this week to reinstate forced masking, two years after the outbreak of the Chinese coronavirus pandemic.