SC governor’s orders opt to wear a child mask


COLUMBIA (AP) – South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster on Tuesday issued an executive order allowing parents to deny their children the ability to wear masks in public schools, citing widespread access to the coronavirus vaccine for adults across the state.
The ordinance prohibits state and local government agencies from requiring people to show proof of vaccination in order to receive government services or also access public buildings and facilities. Brian Symmes, a spokesperson for McMaster, said he had not identified any such instances of “vaccine passport” requirements in the state.
“We have known for months that our schools are among the safest places when it comes to COVID-19,” McMaster said in a statement. “With every adult in our state having the opportunity to be vaccinated, it goes against all logic to continue to force our children – especially our youngest children – to wear masks against their parents’ will. “
McMaster has asked the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, as well as the state’s Department of Education, to create standardized forms that parents and legal guardians can sign to exempt their children have mask requirements in all public schools.
Currently, Ministry of Education guidelines require students, teachers and staff to wear face coverings when entering school buildings, moving in hallways, and in other cases where social distancing does not occur. is not possible or optimal. Masks are also compulsory on school buses.

At least one school district, Lexington-Richland 5, withdrew its mask mandate this week, even after school board members learned that employees were threatening to sue, The State newspaper reported.
The governor’s order also limits local governments from issuing mask orders based on its previous emergency declarations related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These governments will have to find a justification for such masking rules in their own ordinances.
“Everyone knows what we need to do to stay safe – including wearing a mask if you risk exposing others – but we need to move past the time when governments dictate when and where Southern Carolinians should wear a mask. McMaster said. noted. “Maintaining the status quo ignores all the great strides we have made.”
McMaster himself never implemented a statewide mask rule, instead calling on South Carolina to exercise personal responsibility in the practice of social distancing and other health guidelines. public.
Although some cities and counties have abandoned their mask ordinances, members of the city council of Columbia – the state capital – agreed Tuesday morning to renew its mask rule until June 5.


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