DeSantis: I Leave it to Parents if They Want Their Children to Wear Masks

‘If parents want their kids doing that, we won’t prevent that’

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DeSANTIS: "Well, they did this last summer, Laura, when we went to in-person schooling. We said we will have kids in school. We understood it was a low-risk environment. Oh, man, they were saying all kinds of stuff and we had a very successful school year. We will do it again this year. In Florida, though, we think it’s really important that parents make decisions about whether kids go to school with masks or not. So, if certain parents feel that they want their kids doing that, we won’t prevent that. We have a lot of parents, including me, who doesn’t think that's healthy for our kids, to be wearing masks all day. And I know people like Joe Biden think the government should force kindergarteners to sit there under these masks for 6, 7, 8 hours a day. I can just tell you, Laura, in Florida last year, in our school districts, we had some that had mask requirements, others that didn’t. The once that didn’t, those counties had lower per capita cases than the ones that did. So it’s not proven to really impact viral transmission in schools, so that’s why I think it should be the parents' decision and it shouldn't be mandated by the government."

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