Governors and local school boards reignite the mask mandate fight in wake of CDC's newest guidance
August 2, 2021
(CNN) - The mask mandates are coming back -- and so, too, are mandates against mask mandates.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued updated guidance this week saying that people in areas of "substantial" and "high" transmission should wear a face mask indoors. The agency also said all teachers, staff, students and visitors in schools should wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
Following that advice, some cities and local school districts moved to install their own mask mandates. But in a number of Republican-led states, including Texas, Florida, Missouri, Arizona and Iowa, state officials have passed laws or used their authority to stop those requirements and keep mask usage optional.