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FREE AT LAST, FREE AT LAST!  EVEN THE LIBERALS ARE STARTING TO SURRENDER ON MASK MANDATES – OVERNIGHT:  Some people in very left places are starting to read the polls.  From Daily Mail: 

The governors of four states announced plans Monday to lift statewide mask requirements in schools by the end of February or March, citing the rapid easing of COVID-19´s omicron surge.

The decisions in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey and Oregon were announced as state and local governments grapple with which virus restrictions to jettison and which ones to keep in place. The changes also come amid a growing sense that the virus is never going to go away and Americans need to find a way to coexist with it.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy called the move 'a huge step back to normalcy for our kids' and said individual school districts will be free to continue requiring masks after the state mandate ends March 7.

Meanwhile, California announced plans to end its indoor masking requirement for vaccinated people next week, but masks will still be the rule for schoolchildren in the nation's most populous state.

The four states are among a dozen with mask mandates in schools, according to the nonpartisan National Academy for State Health Policy. New Jersey´s requirement has been in place since classes resumed in person in September 2020.

Murphy cited the 'dramatic decline in our COVID numbers' in announcing the rollback. The omicron variant fueled a spike in infections over the holidays, but cases in the state are down 50% and hospitalizations dropped off by one-third since last week, he said.

COMMENT:  Yeah, yeah, yeah.  They're following the science.  Right.  What they're actually following is the polls, which have turned dramatically against their Democratic Party.  But, these days, when you're losing and switch policies, just say you're following the science.   It sounds so good, and you might convince some people that you're smart.

February 7,  2022