ATLANTA – When students return to school this summer and fall, they will not be required to wear masks.
Governor Brian Kemp signed an executive order preventing school districts from implementing mask warrants.
The 22-page order prevents districts from having mask mandates, but it does not prevent parents, students or teachers from wearing one if they choose.
In a statement released shortly after his signing, Kemp said: “Georgians deserve to be fully back to normal. With safe and effective vaccines widely available and the public well informed of all COVID-19 mitigation measures, state and local government mandates are no longer needed. “
Richard Elliot of Channel 2 went to the Infinite Energy Arena on Friday afternoon where Berkmar High School in Gwinnett County was graduating.
Mother Tatiana Gavrilesku was there with her family to watch her son graduate. She told Elliot that she was happy the governor signed the order because she believes the masks prevent her from learning.
“It’s better when you don’t have a mask. You can breathe. You can focus on things, ”Gavrilesku said.
Schools in Gwinnett County have told Elliot they plan to follow the governor’s orders even though some critics, like Democratic Senator Jen Jordan, questioned whether this was legally enforceable.
Marc Winsinger was at Infinite Energy to watch his daughter graduate from summer. His other daughter is in sixth grade and he wished the district still needed to wear a mask.
“I don’t like that idea, you know?” Like I said, it’s the public safety of the public, of the children and something like that. I don’t think it’s fair, ”Winsinger said.
The ordinance comes into effect on Monday, so it will affect not only next fall’s classes, but summer classes as well.
The ordinance also removed rules applicable to restaurants, bars, conventions, child care centers, performance venues and other organizations.
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