miami A judge this Wednesday ruled again against a measure by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis that bars public schools from mandating the use of masks and immediately ordered the health measure to continue during an appeal filed by the state. Gave.
Judge John Cooper’s ruling is Republicans’ second blow to the court on the issue and a new victory for parents and more than a dozen school districts who rebelled against that order and used masks during the new year. The school which started last August.
The dispute was brought to court after the number of hospitalizations exceeded 17,000, and the deaths in Florida, which have just begun to decline over the past two weeks.
Last August Judge Cooper found that DeSantis had exceeded his mandate and supported several dozen families of students who filed suit.
The judge then assured that the state executive order does not bar school officials from requiring the use of masks in facilities.
He considered the mandate established by schools to be “appropriate” in accordance with guidance on the management of epidemics by the United States government-run Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, in English).
Today’s decision follows DeSantis’ executive order against face masks, as well as the restrictions against school districts, while the governor’s appeal continues.
Judge Cooper said on Wednesday that DeSantis’s order could not be enforced during appeals proceedings.
DeSantis, a Republican and opposed to federal officials’ strategy against COVID-19, is prohibited by law from requiring the use of masks in schools as well as requesting vaccination certificates in businesses and institutions.
In the case of schools, its policy has been to give parents the power to decide whether or not their children wear masks, and it has begun to financially sanction rebel school boards.
“DeSantis lost again, schools can keep kids safe without squandering resources,” Nikki Fried, agriculture commissioner and the only Democrat in the governor’s cabinet, said Thursday.