Mandates have been a contentious point throughout the country since the beginning of this “pandemic”. From two weeks to flatten the curve to forcing an experimental vaccine just to keep your job. People have had enough and the mandates seem to be coming to and end, at least this week they are.
The CDC continues to change guidelines weekly. Is it because of “new data” that they seem to find or is it because the midterms are coming up and Democrats realize that voters are fed up with having their lives and freedoms taken by an overreaching government?
New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced on Friday that he is lifting all vaccine and mask mandates for business and public schools by March 7.
That’s interesting considering New York is seeing more COVID deaths now than they did last year. I wonder what the change is?
“We have become so boring as a city. I want all my parades back, every one of them. It is time for us to enjoy our city again … I want to become a city of excitement,” Adams stated.
“We’re far from out of the woods,” Adams said. “COVID is still here. But we are beating it back.”
“Proof of vaccination will no longer be required for indoor venues like restaurants, bars, gyms, and entertainment venues, but business owners may voluntarily ask customers for proof of vaccination if they choose too,” the mayor announced, declaring suspension of the Key2NYC program.
“Schools have remained among the safest places in the city throughout this pandemic, with record low numbers of infections. Beginning Monday, March 7, the indoor mask mandate will be removed for @NYCSChools K-12,” he said.
“COVID-19 vaccines have saved so many lives and prevented an immense amount of suffering,” Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi said, according to WABC-TV. “Nearly 48,000 New Yorkers will celebrate another birthday this year due to the power of vaccination.”
“Masks will continue to be required for all settings with children under 5 years of age, including programs contracted by the New York City Department of Education with 3- and 4-year-old children as well as 3K and 4K classrooms in district schools,” the mayor said.
It’s not just New York that is ending mask mandates for schools.
California, Washington, and Oregon also announced the end of school mask mandates.
Statement from California Governor Gavin Newsom: “California continues to adjust our policies based on the latest data and science, applying what we’ve learned over the past two years to guide our response to the pandemic. Masks are an effective tool to minimize spread of the virus and future variants, especially when transmission rates are high. We cannot predict the future of the virus, but we are better prepared for it and will continue to take measures rooted in science to keep California moving forward.”
In California, starting March 1, masks will no longer be required for unvaccinated individuals, but will be strongly recommended for all individuals in most indoor settings. After March 11, in schools and child care facilities, masks will not be required but will be strongly recommended. Masks will still be required for everyone in high transmission settings like public transit, emergency shelters, health care settings, correctional facilities, homeless shelters and long-term care facilities. As always, local jurisdictions may have additional requirements beyond the state guidance.
Statement from Oregon Governor Kate Brown: “Two years ago today, we identified Oregon’s first case of COVID-19. As has been made clear time and again over the last two years, COVID-19 does not stop at state borders or county lines. On the West Coast, our communities and economies are linked. Together, as we continue to recover from the Omicron surge, we will build resiliency and prepare for the next variant and the next pandemic. As we learn to live with this virus, we must remain vigilant to protect each other and prevent disruption to our schools, businesses, and communities––with a focus on protecting our most vulnerable and the people and communities that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.”
In Oregon, the Oregon Health Authority rules requiring masks in indoor public places and schools will be lifted after 11:59 p.m. on March 11. Other state and federal requirements, such as those for health care settings, public transit, and other specialized settings, will remain in place for a period of time.
Statement from Washington Governor Jay Inslee: “We’ve continued to monitor data from our state Department of Health, and have determined we are able to adjust the timing of our statewide mask requirement. While this represents another step forward for Washingtonians, we must still be mindful that many within our communities remain vulnerable. Many businesses and families will continue choosing to wear masks, because we’ve learned how effective they are at keeping one another safe. As we transition to this next phase, we will continue to move forward together carefully and cautiously.”
In Washington, indoor mask requirements will be lifted as of 11:59 p.m. on March 11. This new date does not change any other aspect of the updated mask requirements Inslee announced last week. Masks will still be required in certain settings including health care, corrections facilities and long-term care facilities. The Washington State Department of Health will be issuing new guidance for K-12 schools next week so schools can prepare to implement updated safety protocols.
The installed Biden administration decided to also ease the federal indoor mask recommendations Friday for about 70% of Americans. This includes traveling on airplanes which has the flight attendants union up in arms.
While the left has been screaming to “follow the science” the union is going against the narrative and demanding that mask mandates be extended despite the CDC’s newest recommendations.
“The conditions in aviation are the same,” the union told USA Today in a statement after the CDC released its updated guidelines. “Our youngest passengers do not yet have access to the vaccine. The airplane is a unique, but controlled environment for everyone’s safety. The layered approach to safety and security includes masks. Aviation is a world-wide network that harmonizes safety procedures around the world. It’s also critical that we maintain passenger confidence in the safety of air travel.”
The Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) mask mandate is due to expire on March 18.
Will the TSA follow the since and go by CDC guidelines? Or will they make up their own mandates and continue to violate travelers’ freedoms?
Are leaders of these Democrat-controlled cities and states ending mandates because they truly see that they’re pointless? Are they realizing that the data isn’t matching what they’ve been screaming about for two years?
Or are they simply realizing that they have no chance to succeed without more election fraud in the upcoming midterms? It’s expected to be a red wave and with Biden’s waning support and how fed up people are with restrictions, I wouldn’t be surprised if we do indeed see a red wave.
Unless there is more election fraud.