Opinion on Mask Mandate


Rachel Sarge

An artwork piece of an emoji wearing a mask with a thumbs up and down.

Shyla Brown, Opinion Editor

On Tuesday, August 31st, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced a new mask order for schools and daycare centers. The mask order would go into effect on September 7th, requiring masks to be worn inside school buildings, regardless of vaccination status. The order  does not apply to student athletes while playing, nor outdoor activities. The order itself was signed by Alison V. Beam, Pennsylvania’s Acting Secretary of Health. 

Although I chose to wear a mask since the order went into effect, I personally am against the order.  I believe that wearing a mask or face covering should be optional.  It should not be required in school. I feel comfortable without a mask but respect others’ choice to wear a mask. Ms. Beams order  to wear a mask should be a choice to someone’s personal preference. If someone feels uncomfortable without a mask they should have the right to wear a mask and same goes for the opposite view. 

Each one of us has our own opinions, based upon personal belief. It’s okay to disagree with someone as long as it’s in a respectful manner. When something that shouldn’t be mandatory is mandatory it creates a lot of anger amongst people who may have different opinions on the mask order.