New Jersey State Senator Robert Singer chided the Governor for continuing to require children to wear masks, calling the policy uncalled for and outdated.
“At the same time he is telling the public it is OK to take their masks off, go dancing and go out drinking with friends shoulder-to-shoulder at the bar, Murphy is forcing kids to keep their masks on,” said Singer (R-30). “The science and data are clear. Youngsters are not susceptible to COVID, and they aren’t virus super spreaders. The time for masks has passed.”
Under Murphy’s most recent executive order lifting most COVID restrictions as of Friday, children attending schools, daycare centers and summer camps must continue to wear masks.
“These kids have spent a year behind the mask. It’s time to let them come out in the sun,” Singer said. “There’s no justification for forcing kids to be masked while they are running around outside at summer camp. Common sense should play a role here.”
Singer sponsors legislation (S-2482) and a constitutional amendment (SCR-117) that would place strict limits on the Governor’s ability to issue unilateral emergency mandates to 14 days unless the Legislature approved an extension.
Senate Republicans tried moving the bills on several occasions, but each time the Senate Democrat Majority blocked the effort.
New Jersey State Senator Kip Bateman today said the Governor’s decision to require kids to continue wearing masks is a mistake that needs to be addressed immediately.
“This was an unforced error by the Governor,” said Bateman. “The masks are on; the masks are off. Most don’t need a mask, but some, including children, do. New Jersey residents have been enduring this for 14 months. They are confused, frustrated and fed up.”
Under Murphy’s latest executive order, most of the remaining COVID restrictions will end Friday. However, children attending schools, daycare centers and summer camps must continue to wear masks.
“Our children shouldn’t be singled out with an unnecessary requirement. There’s no reason for it,” said Bateman. “The best thing the Governor could do right now is quit micromanaging everything and remove all restrictions,” Bateman said.