Federal judge declines to block Florida ban on mask mandates
September 17, 2021
MIAMI (AP) - A federal judge declined Wednesday to block a ban imposed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to prevent mandating masks for Florida school students amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
Judge K. Michael Moore in Miami denied a request by parents of disabled children for a preliminary injunction against an executive order that DeSantis issued in July that served as the basis for the Florida Department of Health issuing a rule that required school districts to allow parents to opt out of any student mask mandates.
Moore wrote in his ruling that parents should have pursued administrative claims before filing a lawsuit.