Majority Leader Kim Ward Issues Statement on Gov. Wolf K-12 Mask Mandate

HARRISBURG – Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) issued the following statement today regarding Gov. Wolf’s announcement mandating masks for K-12 schools and childcare facilities.

“The best approach to protecting the health and safety of Pennsylvanians from the COVID-19 delta variant is a personal and local decision not a government decision. COVID-19 is not going away, and school has just begun.   Immediately surrendering to emotion is a sweeping and restrictive measure that will result in government control of our daily lives. While I believe Gov. Wolf’s efforts are well intended, his approach is not based on data nor does it consider the demographics, geography, and cultures across the Commonwealth.  Let’s not forget, three months ago, the people of Pennsylvania voted to limit the executive branch’s unilateral control of emergencies.  Yet today, Gov. Wolf has opted to circumvent the general assembly, by broadly applying the Disease Prevention and Control Law of 1955, even after he received input contrary to his position.”

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