Published On: Fri, Jul 30th, 2021

Florida Governor Blocks School Mask Mandates in Executive Order

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Friday issued an executive order to block mask mandates in schools. The governor said his order lets parents exercise their right to decide for their own children whether to wear masks. School districts in two Florida counties—Broward and Gadsden—previously issued mask mandates for students, effective when classes start in August. Their mandates came after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that all students, teachers, and staff wear masks regardless of whether they have been vaccinated. But DeSantis has made his stance firm on mask requirements. In a speech in Cape Coral announcing the executive order, the Republican governor said “there will be no lockdowns, there will be no school closures, there will be no restrictions and no mandates in the state of Florida.” Florida parents, students, elected officials, and community leaders attended the event. “The federal government has no right to tell parents that …

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