A Democrat that wants to be the next governor of Florida wants to give local authorities and school boards the authority to impose their own mask mandates.

Nikki Fried, who is running against incumbent Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), believes the measure would help contain the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus. However, she does not support any state-level measure to force people to cover their nose and mouth.

“Every county needs to make their own decisions,” she said according to CNN’s “New Day.” “No statewide mask mandate but I certainly would want every school board to have the power to make the right decisions for their own communities.”

The candidate and present Florida state agriculture commissioner criticized DeSantis and the GOP-controlled state Legislature for restricting local governments’s ability to apply CCP virus-related restrictions.

The incumbent signed a July 30 executive order that prohibits schools from imposing a mask requirement, leaving the decision up to parents.

“In Florida, there will be no lockdowns, there will be no school closures, there will be no restrictions and no mandates in the state of Florida,” DeSantis said at the time.

Following the order, county school boards across the Sunshine State might not make students wear face masks when they return to school in August. It will be up to parents to determine what is best for their children.

Fried slammed DeSantis for the order and claimed local school boards should be able to work with parents to decide mask mandates on Aug. 2.

BL understands researchers are investigating potentially harmful effects of constantly wearing face masks. Scientific studies are also challenging whether covering the nose and mouth truly protects people from the CCP virus.

DeSantis suspects the mask mandate was intended as a precursor to imposing more restrictions on every American.

“When it comes to masking mandates in our schools, parents need to be involved in the decision for their children,” state Senate President Wilton Simpson (R) said according to the Herald-Tribune. “I trust Florida parents to evaluate all of the information available, and make the best decision about whether or not their children will be wearing a mask when they return to school next month.”

The order does not mean masks are eliminated from state school campuses. If parents believe their child should wear facial coverings, the state of Florida will not interfere.