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Majority of parents still making their kids wear masks regardless of school policies

Nearly 70% of parents believe lawmakers shouldn’t decide whether to keep or remove mask mandates.

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By Elizabeth Elizalde via SWNS

Seven in 10 parents are still urging their kids to wear masks at school, even while some states are relaxing their COVID-19 policies, according to a new study.  

A recent OnePoll survey asked 2,000 Americans (1,000 parents and 1,000 non-parents) about their views on mask mandates, revealing that 73% of parents feel schools should enforce mask usage to keep children and teachers safe as long as the pandemic continues. 

Surprisingly, 37% of non-parents don’t think it’s safe enough to end mask mandates in schools versus 28% of parents who feel that way.

This comes after several states, such as New York, California and Oregon, ended indoor mask policies in schools and most public locations. 

According to the survey, 66% of parents believe lawmakers shouldn’t decide whether to keep or remove mask mandates.

Additionally, many respondents expressed that health officials haven’t always been clear when issuing pandemic guidelines. 

Six in 10 of all respondents agreed that the COVID-19 guidelines recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can sometimes be too confusing to understand (62%). 

And while 65% of all survey-takers said they couldn’t wait for the day when they didn’t have to wear masks anymore, 47% plan to continue using them even after the pandemic ends.

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