S.C. Gov.: We’re Not Going to Allow Schools to Mandate Masks – ‘It’s Going to Be Up to the Parents’
(CNSNews.com) – South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster told “Fox News Sunday” that his state passed a law last year forbidding kids from being required to wear masks in school. Instead, parents will make that decision for their children.
“But we’re not going to have a statewide mask mandate like they have in some
other places. We’ll not require people to get vaccinated, and I would say, listening to your previous guests and others on this subject, I think that the tone and the — I think there’s some exaggeration going on, some hyperbole,” the governor said.
“Those figures that you just mentioned — yes, the rates are going up, but they’re way below what they were a year ago from that — a year ago. Now the rates are going up, but they’re not nearly as high as they were last July. The hospital capacity is — had plenty — those rates are not going up,” McMaster said.
“There’s no danger there, but we’re urging people to get vaccinated, but I really think we got to stay calm. We have put the fire out. It’s smoldering in places and could come back up, but the house is not on fire again, and that’s what a lot of the epidemiologists and experts are telling the people, and it’s frightening people, but we’re not going to have a mandatory mask mandate,” he added.
“We’re not going to allow our schools — we have a law in South Carolina we passed last year that says that the schools cannot require masks. This all will be up to the parents whether the children wear masks when they go to school. That’s the parents’ decision now. We have the information. We know the danger involved. Vaccinations are available all over the state. Testing is available all over the states,” McMaster said.
“It’s all free, and we’re going to trust the people to do the right thing. We’re giving them the right information, but I believe a lot of our national experts are — are engaging in frightening hyperbole,” the governor said.
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