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Erie Times E-Edition Article-County ends religious exemption for masks

Posted by M. C. on August 28, 2021

The county health department kept other exemptions, including those: participating in a sport or certain other activities such as playing musical instruments.

Contact sports and wind instruments are OK but sitting at your desk is deadly dangerous. This is nothing more than those with power and control over the unwashed masses pushing the envelope.

Note the UNnamed “experts” (Dahlkemper and Wolf?) and UNnamed school districts are willing to let students meet a horrible covid fate rather than challenge the religion of high school sports and marching bands.

I predict music teachers will soon be growing covid spikes. BE AFRAID Gannett Times-News readers, BE AFRAID.

https://erietimes-pa-app.newsmemory.com/?publink=36a7c02e6_1345eb0

David Bruce

Erie Times-News USA TODAY NETWORK

The Erie County Department of Health has rescinded the religious exemption to its public health order requiring face masks to be worn indoors at the county’s public and private schools.

Originally, the order allowed an exemption to “individuals with a bona fide religiously based objection to wearing a face covering.”

Melissa Lyon, county health department director, said, “Through unsolicited feedback from school leadership and concerned parents and citizens, there was enough evidence that the exemption was going to be misapplied.

“This would have undermined the overall effectiveness of the order, therefore, we had to re-evaluate the religious exemption clause. After much debate and consultation with experts, it was agreed that the order needed to be modified with the rescinded language.”

Lyon didn’t say which schools or school districts were having issues. Erie County solicitor Richard Perhecs said it included several different ones.

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“They were receiving a lot of vague claims for the exemption that were difficult to analyze,” Perhecs said.

Students and their families may still pursue a religious exemption with their school or school district, Perhecs said, but they won’t have the county health department’s exemption for support.

The county health department kept other exemptions, including those:

h with particular medical conditions; h performing tasks when a mask would cause an unsafe condition;

h unable to remove a mask without assistance;

h who are younger than two; h participating in a sport or certain other activities such as playing musical instruments.

Contact David Bruce at dbruce@timesnews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ETNBruce.

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