Americans around the country have rejoiced as mask mandates have been lifted, but now the Biden administration is said to be reconsidering.
The Washington Post reported that six officials familiar with the matter have said the Biden White House is considering re-upping an agressive push for masks around the country because of the Delta variant. (Story continues below.)
The news report comes alongside comments that President Joe Biden made at a CNN town hall Wednesday night, where he said even children could have to wear masks.
“Everyone over the age of — under the age of 12 should probably be wearing a mask in school,” Biden said. “That’s probably what’s going to happen,”
The possible change in official guidance has already been carried out in some of the more liberal parts of the country.
San Francisco health officials announced recently that everyone should wear a mask, even if they are vaccinated. The liberal government in San Francisco has also required that government employees get the COVID vaccine.
“On June 17, 2021, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order No. N-09-21, which implements new State Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) rules, effective June 17, 2021,” the policy reads. “These rules require employers to take specific measures to protect employees from COVID-19, including enforcing masking and quarantine requirements, and offering COVID-19 testing and time off, for employees who are unvaccinated or for whom the employer does not have documentation verifying they are fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated employees are at greater risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19 within the workplace and to the public that depends on City services.”
The big government requirements go on and on:
“To be fully vaccinated, 14 days must have passed since an employee received the final dose of a two-shot vaccine or a dose of a one-shot vaccine,” the policy reads. “Employees who are not fully vaccinated but partially vaccinated as of July 29, 2021 shall provide that information. All unvaccinated employees must continue to comply with masking, testing, and other safety requirements until they are fully vaccinated and have reported and documented that status to the City consistent with this Policy.”
There are a few exceptions, but good luck getting one.
“Unless excused through an approved reasonable accommodation request, all employees must comply with the requirement to be fully vaccinated and submit documentation of that status no later than 10 weeks after the FDA gives final approval to at least one COVID-19 vaccine,” the policy reads.