Georgia ‘not in a place’ where it can repeal school mask mandates, won’t commit to repeal if gubernatorial

On Tuesday’s show of “OutFront” on CNN, Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said Georgia is not in a place where she can lift mask mandates in schools for the moment, and that if she is elected, “my job will be, at that time, to examine the science, to examine the situation and to make the best decision to protect our children.

Host Erin Burnett asked: ‘So do you think it’s time to lift these mask requirements in schools? Would you raise them if you were governor of Georgia?

Abrams replied, “COVID hygiene is going to be a topic of debate for a very long time, and we can only follow the science and follow our circumstances. Unfortunately in Georgia, we are not at a place where this conversation is ready. Because we have one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country. We have 40% of our counties without general pediatricians. And we’ve refused to expand Medicaid, so so many families don’t have access to health care.

She continued: “I believe our job is to protect children. And I know that educators and parents have to balance protection and nurturing, and that’s a complicated question. I think every governor needs to assess what is happening where they are. We have to look to the CDC, but we also have to recognize that as we move from pandemic to endemic, some states will get there faster than others. My responsibility, if I’m lucky enough to be Georgia’s next governor, is to watch the science, follow the protocols, and set a good example. And right now, that example is that we wear masks whenever possible. But we recognize that we cannot be firm on this. Because situations change and we have different times when we have to make decisions. But, in this case, I would say that as governor of Georgia, my job will be, at that time, to examine the science, examine the situation and make the best decision to protect our children.

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