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Most California voters support school mask and vaccine mandates

Almost two-thirds of California voters support mask and vaccine mandates in schools, according to a poll conducted in early February by the Institute of Governmental Studies at the UC Berkeley and co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Times.

Among parents, 61% approved mask mandates in schools and 55% approved vaccine mandates, the paper reports. The poll also found that a significant number of Black and Latino parents did not feel their children were safe from Covid at school.

Approval for these mandates was divided along political lines, with the vast majority of Republicans disapproving and the vast majority of Democrats approving.

Last week, California lifted its mask mandate for vaccinated people in most indoor places but kept it for schools, child care centers, hospitals and doctors’ offices, nursing homes, homeless shelters, jails and public transportation. Unvaccinated people are still required to wear masks in indoor public settings.