New York Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul has made it clear that she will not give up her masked duty – no matter what New Yorkers think.
Last week, amid the surge of COVID cases, Hochul announced proxy mask.
“Governor Kathy Hochul The governor’s office announced today that masks will be required to be worn in all indoor public places unless businesses or locations fulfill vaccine requirements,” the governor’s office announced.
But many people across the state, especially parents of school-age kids, aren’t happy with the masks.
Since the summer, parents across the state have been pushing children not to wear masks in schools.
In June, parents gathered outside the New York State Capitol to protest against the wearing of masks in schools, as News 360 about Hudson Valley reported.
“Our children are forced to wear masks and live in a constant state of fear,” said parent Jeff Thomas. “We finally ended the pandemic and returned to normal life…so why do our children still have to wear masks at school?”
Even in New York City, Staten Island legislators and parents have opposed the wearing of masks for children, like WLNY-TV reported in July.
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“I want to have this option for my child. I want my child to be in the most comfortable school environment,” said one parent.
“They are worried. They are confused. We can’t make them understand if we don’t, and there’s nothing there that tells us why they have to wear masks in school. After all, they are being socially isolated.”
By November, the calls for exposure were even stronger, such as Vaccine has been rolled out to all children over 5 years of age.
“Face covering and farsightedness need to end now. Masks, as well as restrictions such as eating outside while away (my child has to face the wall, not talk and sit on the sidewalk) and other restrictions (wearing a mask even when outside, no playing cards or kicking a ball even outside, no classroom pictures, no singing, etc.), have real harm to a child’s ability to socialize. It’s time to move on,” said New York parent Katherine Haver 74 in November.
Also teacher agreed that the mask must go in New York.
“I look forward to loosening so many rigid rules! I’m happy for those who want a vaccine. As long as we try, kids will be kids and no amount of masks or ‘social distancing’ really helps anyone! ” said a teacher, The 74 reported.
But Hochul has made it clear that she doesn’t listen to her people in New York. She is fierce about the task and will not “step back”.
“In our prediction of the spike, we were absolutely right in what we did a week ago to prepare people for this. We think this will prevent more people from getting sick, and that’s a good news story. And we hope that people really come around and realize this is a very, very simple intrusion, if you will, if it is even so,” Hochul said in a video.
“All the kids in the state have been wearing masks since the beginning, no big deal. It will help save lives, keep them healthy and that’s all we’re asking for. So there’s been some push back, but we’re not backing down from this, we think it’s important,” she added.
.@GovKathyHochul on forcing young children to wear masks even though there is no data to show it is helpful in combating Covid:
“All the kids in the state have been wearing masks from the start, it’s not a big deal.” pic.twitter.com/5SNGfcoI3m
– Tom Elliott (@tomsellott) December 18, 2021
Despite this tough stance, legislators in New York, including Democrats, are still against Hochul.
“While we won’t be actively enforcing our mandate, we will respond to complaints and assist businesses with education and compliance in the way we can,” the party’s Nassau County Executive Democrat Laura Curran said Friday, according to The Post.
Hochul accused the rebellious county executives of violating “their oath of office, which we all take, to protect the people of our state.”
However, many might argue that the same argument and logic can be applied to defy Hochul’s mandate.
She does not listen to the people she is supposed to represent and manage, which could be seen as a violation of her oath of office.
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