Judge Rules Against Florida's Ban on School Mask Mandates

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By Cara Murez
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, Sept. 9, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- School districts successful Florida tin necessitate their students to deterioration masks, contempt the governor's bid blocking disguise mandates – for present astatine least.

A circuit tribunal justice successful Leon County ruled Wednesday that the authorities can't enforce Gov. Ron DeSantis' prohibition connected schoolhouse disguise mandates,CBS News reported.

"We're not successful mean times. We are successful a pandemic," said Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper during a virtual hearing, according to The Associated Press. "We person a (coronavirus) variant that is much infectious and unsafe to children than the 1 we had past year."

The question of who tin determine disguise mandates has been debated since July, erstwhile DeSantis signed an enforcement bid that barred schoolhouse territory mandates and allowed parents to determine whether their children would deterioration masks astatine school.

At slightest 10 schoolhouse boards successful the authorities implemented section disguise mandates anyway, CBS News reported. The Florida Board of Education past retaliated by cutting backing for schoolhouse committee members successful districts that defied the order.

In a anterior ruling Cooper overturned the enforcement order, conscionable days aft the sanctions began. Then, the politician appealed the ruling. That placed an automatic enactment connected the determination and allowed the prohibition connected disguise mandates successful schools to continue.

The latest ruling takes effect immediately.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases are surging successful Florida owed successful portion to the highly contagious Delta variant. Cooper noted that fact, portion saying that grounds shows masks supply immoderate extortion against the microorganism successful crowded settings similar schools, CBS News reported. Children younger than 12 are besides inactive ineligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, helium said.

"Based connected the grounds I've heard, there's nary harm to the authorities if the enactment [against mandates] is acceptable aside," Cooper said.

The ruling volition basal portion the authorities appeals the decision. DeSantis expressed assurance that the prohibition connected disguise mandates volition beryllium reinstated.

"In the proceedings courts successful Tallahassee authorities and federal, we typically suffer if there's a governmental constituent to it. Then successful the appeals court, we astir ever win," DeSantis said astatine a Wednesday quality briefing. "I'm assured we'll extremity up winning connected appeal."

The lawsuit present moves to the First District Court of Appeal successful Tallahassee.

"Today, we program to record our exigency question to reinstate the stay, and we expect the appellate tribunal volition regularisation quickly, overmuch similar during the schoolhouse re-opening lawsuit past year," said Taryn Fenske, the communications manager for the governor's office.

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There's much connected however masks tin curb the dispersed of COVID-19 astatine the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOURCE: CBS News; The Associated Press

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