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Gov. Ron DeSantis' mask mandate ban is again blocked

Posted at 12:07 PM, Sep 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-08 12:49:44-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Leon Circuit Judge John Cooper has granted plaintiffs' "motion to vacate stay."

Gov. Ron DeSantis' mask mandate ban is again blocked as the state’s appeal in district court moves forward. Expects a quick appeal process, however.

"No surprise here that Judge Cooper concluded that he is unlikely to be overruled on appeal. We (unsurprisingly) disagree. Today we plan to file our emergency motion to reinstate the stay, and we anticipate the appellate court will rule quickly, much like during the school re-opening case last year," said Taryn Fenske, the Communications Director for Gov. DeSantis.

Last week, Cooper wrote that Gov. DeSantis and the Florida Department of Education have been “ordered not to violate the Parents’ Bill of Rights by taking action to effect a blanket ban on face mask mandates by local school boards.”

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