Mask mandates are over in Virginia!
Shortly after Senate Bill 739 passed the General Assembly, Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed SB 739 into law, reaffirming his commitment to restoring parental rights.
Parents can finally decide whether or not to mask their children. According to the law, public schools have no later than March 1 to comply.
It’s official in the Commonwealth. Mask mandates are over. pic.twitter.com/VKtyoE22S3
— Ian Prior (@iandprior) February 16, 2022
The bill passed the Virginia Senate with bipartisan support, with 21 yeas to 17 nays.
Before signing the bill, Youngkin took a victory lap on Fox News:
As Fox News reports:
Youngkin scolded school boards for “trying to hang on to authority in many places,” predicting that history will not “look kindly upon them.”
School boards “that aren’t looking out for kids’ best interests and actually listening to parents, I think will actually be held accountable by parents.”
The governor vowed that Virginia children will “be educated in Virginia in a way that’s consistent with parents’ values.”
The law also requires schools to stay open five days a week for in-person learning.