During his first day in office, Glenn Youngkin, the newly sworn in Governor of Virginia, has lifted mandates requiring children to wear masks and state employees to be vaccinated against Covid
The new Republican governor stuck by his pledge to lift sweeping covid restrictions imposed by his Democratic predecessor Ralph Northam.
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Youngkin, who is also ending critical race theory in schools, was sworn in as governor on Saturday, January 15 during a noon ceremony in Richmond.
RT reports: In his executive order rescinding the school mask mandate, Youngkin stated that “parents, not the government, have the fundamental right to make decisions concerning the care of their children.”
“Recent government orders requiring virtually every child in Virginia [to] wear masks virtually every moment they are in school have proven ineffective and impractical,” he claimed, arguing that the mandate has inflicted “notable harm” upon children, including impeding “the growth of emotional and social skills.”
“Masks have also increased feelings of isolation, exacerbating mental health issues, which in many cases pose a greater health risk to children than Covid-19,” the governor wrote.
Though parents will still be able to make their children wear masks to school, the practice will not be mandatory.
In a separate directive, Youngkin ruled that the previous order for state employees to provide proof of vaccination had been “harmful to their individual freedoms and personal privacy.”
“My administration will not require that these interests be sacrificed as a condition of employment in the executive branch of our government,” he announced.
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