Tiny tots in pre-schools forced to mask-up in state-wide mandate for daycares

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Chicago Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, is now forcing children in daycare to mask up, despite the coronavirus reportedly posing an “extremely low risk” to kids so young.

On Wednesday, the governor announced that “effective immediately,” young children even under the age of two must be masked while at school in Illinois.

“Because of the lower rates of vaccination among teens aged 12 to 17, because the vaccine has not yet been approved for children under 12, because there are many people who are reluctant across some of the districts to adopt the CDC’s guidance, effective immediately, all P-12 schools and daycares in Illinois must follow the CDC guideline of universal masking inside, regardless of vaccine status,” he said.

P-12 is short for prekindergarten through 12th grade.

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The shocking mandate was issued despite the fact that the “overall risk of children becoming severely ill or dying from Covid is extremely low,” as reported by the BBC last month following an analysis conducted by scientists from University College London, and the Universities of York, Bristol, and Liverpool.

Pritzker’s mandate provoked immediate outrage, including from his 2022 gubernatorial challenger, Illinois state Sen. Darren Bailey, who took to Twitter to accuse the governor of being a “tyrant.”

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Meanwhile, both the Illinois State Board of Education and Pritzker were pilloried by the general public for a couple of different reasons.

One group of critics said that he just eliminated the incentive for teenagers to pursue vaccination.

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Another group of critics questioned his decision to institute this mandate on children only days after he allowed thousands of adults to party unmasked at Lollapalooza.

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A third group of critics demanded that he cite the “science” that justifies forcing children to wear a mask for eight or more hours per day.

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The latest polling data reported by the Chicago Sun-Times in March showed Pritzker enjoying a meager 41 percent favorable vs an equal 41 percent unfavorable rating. If the public’s reaction to his latest mandate is any indicator, he could be in trouble next year.

Vivek Saxena

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