You may want to prepare your kids now: when New Jersey's schools finally re-open, students will likely have to wear a face mask (or facial covering) in the classroom.

New Jersey's governor Phil Murphy was asked by a reporter during Friday afternoon's news conference if students would be required to wear masks when schools re-open.

"I'm giving you a personal opinion on kids wearing masks, but that would be my guess," Murphy said. "That's an opinion, not a mandate."

"We have deliberately bought ourselves a window of four weeks. Schools are remote learning through at least until May 15," Murphy emphasized on Friday.

So, per the governor's response, it seems likely that face masks could be required even if schools don't re-open until the fall.

Governor Murphy even turned to the state's health commissioner Judith Persichilli, for additional commentary, who seemed to agree with the governor's assessment about face masks being required in schools.

However, Murphy was careful to emphasize several times that it was just his "personal opinion" that kids would be wearing face masks when New Jersey's schools do finally re-open.



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