Delaware governor ending statewide mask mandates, echoing growing trend

In welcome news for citizens in President Joe Biden’s home state of Delaware, Democrat Gov. John Carney is bringing about an end to the indoor mask mandates under which they have been living, effective Friday at 8 a.m. and allowing mask requirements for schools to expire at the end of March, as the Washington Examiner reports.

In Carney’s words, Delaware is now able to remove the controversial requirements from the citizenry at this time simply because “we’re in a much better place than we were several weeks ago,” according to a message posted to the governor’s Twitter account.

That is not to say, however, that Carney is necessarily turning the page entirely when it comes to his party’s pandemic alarmism, taking to social media to add, “I want to be clear about this point – COVID is still circulating in our communities. And the virus still poses a risk of serious illness, particularly among those who are not up to date on their vaccinations” and to urge residents to receive booster shots.

Though Carney indicated that the state’s mask mandates for schools and childcare facilities will be permitted to lapse at the end of next month, he also recommended that parents vaccinate their kids and suggested that between now and March 31, districts and schools will have the ability to “consider local mask requirements,” perhaps keeping them in place if they so choose.

As NPR noted on Monday, a trend has clearly been emerging in recent days, whereby more and more states appear poised to do away with school mask mandates, with Oregon, New Jersey, and Connecticut joining the list of jurisdictions moving away from the onerous requirements.

In announcing the elimination of his state’s masking rules effective Feb. 28, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) noted the role of personal responsibility in learning to live with an endemic virus, saying, “Today with boosters, given vaccines, given the N95 masks, you are in a better position to keep yourself safe.”

Even New Jersey’s liberal Democrat Gov. Phil Murphy acknowledged the need to lift school mask mandates, which his state will do starting March 7, stating, “[b]alancing public health with getting back to some semblance of normalcy is not easy. But we can responsibly take this step due to declining COVID numbers and growth in vaccinations.”

Despite the shift – even in deep blue jurisdictions – toward easing COVID-19 restrictions, particularly those impacting kids, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul will reportedly renew school mask mandates in her state before they expire later this month, according to the New York Post, though she will likely allow mandatory masking rules for businesses without vaccine mandates to expire Thursday, on schedule.

While authoritarians on the left are surely loathe to relinquish the control over the populace they have greedily seized over the past two years, it now appears that their well-founded fear of electoral devastation this fall is forcing a course correction that is long overdue.