The diocese says the mask mandate is for the health and safety of everyone.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Many parents don’t want their Catholic schools to go through with a mask mandate.

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More than 2,000 people have signed an online petition asking the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh to keep masks optional.

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Some of the parents wrote that they enrolled their kids in Catholic schools partly because they believed there would be no mask requirement.

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The diocese says the mask mandate is for the health and safety of everyone.