The grassroots group, Bring Back Kids MA, is petitioning @MassGovernor Baker to ease mask mandates for outdoor youth sports & camps ahead of the summer. Says science doesn’t support wearing mask outdoors & argue kids are at lower risk to contract and become sick with the virus. pic.twitter.com/FEbH3GoEdT — Nicole Oliverio (@NicoleOliverio) May 7, 2021
Parents plead with Gov. Baker to ease mask restrictions for outdoor youth sports, camps – Boston 25 News Last week the state eased its outdoor mask mandate but kept it in place for youth sports and camps. Bring Back Kids MA says the science doesn’t support the restrictions.
The petition went on to say, “There is simply no compelling scientific rationale supporting the additional restrictions on the youngest citizens of our state, over and above what is asked of adults and beyond what many other states are requiring of young children.” “As I said, our doors open. We read what we get. We talk to people all the time. We have a medical advisory board that’s been incredibly valuable to us, and in many cases, has put us in a position to make better decisions people have made in other places. But we’ll certainly take a look at the information that’s been made available there, and if we think we need to make a change, we will,” Baker said.
On Thursday, Governor Baker said he hadn’t yet had a chance to read the group’s letter but did respond. The group argues that outdoor transmission remains extremely low; children are less likely to contract and be sick with the virus. They say since most adults in the state have received at least one dose of the vaccine, it’s safe to be massless at camps and recess. The group also argued that every other New England state has already lifted the mask mandate for outdoor youth sports.
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