The New Jersey Advance reports:
Insisting it’s “the right thing” to do to combat a new rise in COVID-19, Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday announced New Jersey will mandate students in preschool through 12th grade, as well as staff members and visitors, to wear masks inside all schools when the new academic year begins with statewide in-person classes.
Murphy announced the executive order at an elementary school in East Brunswick, where more than a hundred protestors — including many parents with their children — loudly opposed the move. They repeatedly shouted, “My child, my choice!” And they carried signs reading, “Unmask our kids!”
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The health and safety of our kids is among my most sacred responsibilities.
All students, educators, staff, and visitors will be required to wear masks inside of school buildings – regardless of vaccination status – for the start of the 2021-2022 academic year. pic.twitter.com/FAv00VcoH0
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) August 6, 2021
This is the scene outside … pic.twitter.com/CVgPQ9ygTU
— Brent Johnson (@johnsb01) August 6, 2021