Florida schools will once again be allowed to impose mask mandates after a state circuit judge rejected Gov. Ron DeSantis‘s (R) appeal of his earlier ruling on Wednesday.
The governor’s ban — requiring districts to offer parental opt-outs or face a financial penalty — will now be put on hold while the appeal plays out in a higher court.
Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper’s ruling means that effective immediately, Florida can’t enforce its ban on mask mandates on schools.
DeSantis had appealed Cooper’s earlier ruling that found the governor overreached, and the state’s new “Parents’ Bill of Rights” does not allow the governor or the state Department of Education to prohibit school districts from mandating masks.
The Hill reports.