Children with face mask back at school after covid-19 quarantine and lockdown.

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NEW YORK — The coronavirus pandemic may finally be nearing its end, but a new study finds many parents still aren’t taking any chances. Seven in 10 parents are still urging their kids to wear masks at school, even while some states are relaxing their COVID-19 policies.

A recent OnePoll survey asked 2,000 adults (1,000 parents and 1,000 non-parents) about their views on mask mandates. Results show that 73 percent of parents feel schools should enforce mask usage to keep children and teachers safe as long as the pandemic continues.

When it comes to COVID, better safe than sorry

Interestingly, 37 percent of non-parents also don’t think it’s safe enough to end mask mandates in schools versus 28 percent of parents who feel that way. This comes after several states, such as New York, California, and Oregon, ended indoor mask policies in schools and most public locations.

According to the survey, 66 percent of parents believe lawmakers shouldn’t decide whether to keep or remove mask mandates altogether. Additionally, many respondents expressed that health officials haven’t always been clear when issuing pandemic guidelines over the last two years.

Six in 10 respondents agree that the COVID guidelines coming from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can sometimes be too confusing to understand (62%).

While 65 percent of all survey respondents say they couldn’t wait for the day when they didn’t have to wear masks anymore, 47 percent plan to continue using them even after the pandemic officially ends.

About Chris Melore

Chris Melore has been a writer, researcher, editor, and producer in the New York-area since 2006. He won a local Emmy award for his work in sports television in 2011.

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  1. John D. Logan sr. says:

    And where did you do this study? In a leftist state where parents don’t study the science? This must be a left oriented group making the study, because all of the non frightened many(thinkers-logical)people that I have talked to know that the masks don’t keep out viruses. And know that we have an open system for a reason.

  2. Sirhan Lohan says:

    Utter nonsense. Why not share how this ‘survey’ was weighted?

  3. Mark says:

    Pure lies, who did you ask?! Not a single child wears a mask at our Elementary School. So that’s 750 to 0.. I’ve spoken to the parents and not a single one has stated they wish the mandate was still in effect, quite the opposite actually. Keep spreading your lies though and good luck with that dumb mask road, they don’t do or stop anything.

  4. Mark says:

    More liberal lies yay.