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A judge in Tennessee sided with two families to continue to block Gov. Bill Lee’s (R) executive order that allows parents to opt their children out of a mask mandate in schools.
"The record before the Court establishes that temporary universal mask mandates adopted by the Williamson County and Franklin school systems have been, and likely would continue to be, effective in curbing the spread of COVID-19," U.S. District Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw wrote in his opinion, The Tennessean reported.
The news comes after families from Williamson County Schools and Franklin Special School District who have children with disabilities sued after Lee issued the executive order. The families argued that the order is harmful to their children’s health.
Lee, along with other Republican governors and lawmakers like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisArizona attorney general asks for restraining order to block federal vaccine mandate The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Manchin, Sanders in budget feud; Biden still upbeat Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Key CDC panel backs Moderna, J&J boosters MORE, have stated they believe wearing a mask should be a personal choice made by a child and their guardian.
“Disabled students are at a significantly higher risk for severe infection” from the coronavirus, Crenshaw said, adding the executive order from Lee causes "an irreparable harm that justifies continued injunctive relief,” according to the outlet.
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