As Americans continue to recover from the pandemic and states lift restrictions, one state has finally unmasked their public schools.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced this week a statewide ban on any mandates requiring masks in the state’s K-12 schools. The governor’s order also prevents counties from putting mask mandates on businesses.
“The state of Iowa is putting parents back in control of their child’s education and taking greater steps to protect the rights of all Iowans to make their own health care decisions,” Reynolds said.
Some teachers groups and liberal organization have pushed back against the governor’s order, but others are praising her decision. The new law comes after a group of parents in Iowa filed suit against one school for requiring students to wear masks.
The news comes just after another state took similar measures. Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced this week a statewide ban on any government entity enforcing a mask mandate, an aggressive step that was heralded by many of the state’s residents.
Texas’ ban prevents “counties, cities, school districts, public health authorities, or government officials” from requiring masks.
With the medical advancements of vaccines and antibody therapeutic drugs, Texas now has the tools to protect Texans from the virus,” Abbott said. “We must now do more to restore livelihoods and normalcy for Texans by opening Texas 100 percent. Make no mistake, COVID-19 has not disappeared, but it is clear from the recoveries, vaccinations, reduced hospitalizations, and safe practices that Texans are using that state mandates are no longer needed. Today’s announcement does not abandon safe practices that Texans have mastered over the past year. Instead, it is a reminder that each person has a role to play in their own personal safety and the safety of others. With this executive order, we are ensuring that all businesses and families in Texas have the freedom to determine their own destiny.”