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Aug 27 2021
A Florida judge ruled Friday that Republican Governor Ron DeSantis overstepped his authority by prohibiting public institutions from instituting mask mandates, clearing the path for the state’s school districts to reimpose mask requirements for students and faculty.
In his opinion, Judge John Cooper argued that Florida law “does not support a statewide order, or any action interferingNational Review (News)
Aug 04 2021
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson says he wishes a bill banning state and local mask mandates hadn't become law, months after he signed the bill. Now, he's asking state leaders to reconsider the ban so local school districts have the flexibility to require masks when children return to the classroom.
Hutchinson said he signed the bill in April because cases in his state were at a lowCBS News (Online)
Jul 21 2021
Last week, nearly every state in the U.S. experienced an increase in daily coronavirus cases. Driven by the Delta variant, this rise and an accompanying increase in hospitalizations have sparked a debate about returning to indoor mask mandates for all, regardless of vaccination status.
Los Angeles County announced Thursday that face masks will be required indoors for both vaccinated andLos Angeles Times
Jul 26 2021
White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is considering recommending masks for vaccinated individuals as the Delta variant continues to surge.
Fauci spoke on CNN’s “State of the Union” about COVID-19 and was asked about one projection that suggests cases will continue rising if more Americans don’t getThe Daily Caller
Jul 18 2021
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis said Sunday that restoring the mask mandate is "not punishment, but prevention" as the county responds to the alarming spike in COVID-19 cases and the highly transmissible delta variant.
"We're up to almost 1,900 cases and over 460 individuals that are now in our ICU unit. This is very disturbing," Solis told ABC "This Week"ABC News (Online)
Jul 15 2021
A rapid and sustained increase in COVID-19 cases in the nation’s largest county requires restoring an indoor mask mandate even when people are vaccinated, Los Angeles County’s public health officer said Thursday.
Dr. Muntu Davis said at a virtual press conference that a public health order requiring masks indoors will go into effect Saturday.
“This is an all-hands-on-deck momentAssociated Press
May 20 2021
Last week, the country reached a pandemic milestone: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that vaccinated people generally no longer have to wear masks indoors. While many Americans rejoiced at the prospect of maskless trips to the grocery store and the post office, some parents were worried. With just a few weeks remaining in the school year, would school districts lift maskMother Jones
May 13 2021
The White House on Thursday lifted its mandate for staff and visitors to wear masks on the complex following the guidance of new Covid-related guidelines issued earlier in the day.
Staffers and media immediately removed masks after being notified by emails that, effective immediately, the requirements were lifted for those who are 14 days after their last required dose of one of thePolitico
Mar 31 2021
The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the governor's statewide mask mandate in a 4-3 ruling.
"The question in this case is not whether the Governor acted wisely; it is whether he acted lawfully," the majority opinion read in part. "We conclude he did not."
Fearing more deaths statewide from Covid-19, Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, reissued several mask mandatesNBC News (Online)
Apr 18 2022
A federal judge in Florida has ruled that the CDC's mask mandate in airports, transit hubs, and public transportation is unlawful and has ordered that it be struck down.
US District Court Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle for the Middle District of Florida wrote in a summary judgment that the CDC had exceeded its legal powers by issuing the mandate in January 2021 to help prevent the spreadBuzzFeed News