The American public overwhelmingly does not support reinstituting mask mandates or social-distancing guidelines, a survey from Monmouth University revealed on Monday.
According to the findings, 62% of those polled had no interest in bringing back mask requirements to their current state of residence, compared to just 34% of respondents seeking a return to mask mandates and/or stringent social-distancing policies.
That’s a 10-point jump in the span of two months. Back in January, a similar Monmouth poll determined 52% of respondents opposed reinstating mask mandates or other interaction guidelines.
The March survey had other revelations, including 77% favoring relaxed recommendations from the Atlanta-based CDC. Also, a whopping 73% of surveygoers reacted positively, when asked if it were “time to accept that COVID is here to stay?”
“We asked the same question about accepting Covid (being) here to stay two months ago and got a similarly high number who want to get on with life,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.
Hawaii recently became the last state to drop all mask mandates. And last week, New York City formally permitted unvaccinated professional athletes to play in games within city limits — a remarkably timed ruling, considering Major League Baseball’s Opening Day launches April 7, and the NBA and NHL playoffs begin the following week.
However, NYC Mayor Eric Adams’ announcement came with controversy, since more than 1,400 unvaccinated city workers were fired from their respective jobs just a few months ago. But now, unvaccinated entertainers and professional athletes — most notably Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving — are free to play moving forward, without any restrictions.
Even with the relaxed national standards, noted epidemiologist Dr. Anthony Fauci has yet to embrace the notion of Americans mimicking their pre-pandemic lives.
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