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Illinois State Rep. Files Bill to Prohibit Mask Requirements in Schools

Legislation filed by Illinois State Representative Adam Niemerg calls for the end of mask requirements in schools for teachers, students, and staff.

Posted: May 14, 2021 12:43 PM
Updated: May 14, 2021 3:38 PM

Illinois State Representative Adam Niemerg said Friday that he had filed legislation calling for an end to the COVID-19 mask requirement in Illinois schools.

Illinois House Bill 4083 would immediately prohibit the State Board of Education, school districts, and elementary and secondary schools from requiring the teachers, students, or staff to wear a face mask due to the COVID-19 public health emergency declared by the governor.

Rep. Niemerg commented and said, “people have been patient enough with all of the mixed signals about masks mandates indoors, outdoors, vaccinated, not vaccinated and it’s time to follow the real science that says we need to get back to normal activities."

Though calling for the end of the governor's mask mandate, Niemerg added that "those who feel they are in a compromised health situation need to be able to make the decision that is right for themself and either socially distance and wear a mask if that is what is best.”

In addition to the legislation focusing on masks in schools, Rep. Niemerg filed legislation that would reverse the current House Rule that mandates all elected members, legislative staff, and visitors to the House Chambers must wear a face mask/covering at all times unless eating or drinking.

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