Arkansas governor, Asa Hutchinson, regrets signing legislation banning mask mandates within the state.
“I signed it at the time because our cases were at a very low point. I knew that it would be overridden by the Legislature if I didn’t sign it. Everything has changed now,” he said during a press briefing. “And yes — in hindsight, I wish that had not become law.”
At the time of his signing, Hutchinson had already lifted Arkansas’ statewide mask mandate. Currently, 37 percent of the Arkansas population is fully vaccinated, according to reporting by John Hopkins University.
Following increased concern over the infectivity of the Delta variant, Hutchinson is looking to amend the law. In particular, he aims to give schools the choice to mandate masks, since the vaccine is currently not distributed to anyone under the age of 12.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also changed their tune on masks for the same reasons. The rise of the Delta variant is leading public health agencies to suggest everyone, vaccinated or not, wear a mask.
ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO
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