The ruling comes as another blow to DeSantis’ aim to block mask mandates in schools
As the Delta variant of the coronavirus sweeps across the country, some state officials are reluctant to propose mask mandates in high-risk areas like schools or daycare centers. No governor has been more vocal than Florida’s Ron DeSantis. Previously, DeSantis had vowed to withhold funding to any school district in his state that required students, staff, and visitors to wear a mask. The state’s Second Circuit Judge John Cooper found Florida schools were within their rights to enforce mask mandates, ruling against DeSantis’ appeal, CNN reports.
JUST IN: Second Circuit Judge John Cooper has ruled against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ appeal, thus allowing Florida schools to continue to have mask mandates while the case is appealed at a higher level.
— Ana Cabrera (@AnaCabrera) September 8, 2021
This new ruling allows the districts to enforce mask rules without fearing consequences from the DeSantis administration, (at least until a higher court rules on the appeal).
A Florida judge ruled the state cannot enforce a ban on schools mandating the use of masks to guard against the coronavirus
“We’re not in normal times. We are in a pandemic,”
So Desantis go fuck yourself!
— john wong (@mrcyberlink) September 8, 2021
DeSantis appealed the earlier ruling by the same judge that allowed the school districts’ to impose mandates. The initial ruling handed down stated the governor’s executive order banning mask mandates was “without legal authority,” according to Axios.
Twitter user BrooklynDad Defiant! posted in support of the ruling. “Take that, DeSantis!” he tweeted.
BREAKING: A Florida judge has ruled AGAINST the governor's ban on mask mandates in Florida schools.
Take that, DeathSantis.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) September 8, 2021
It’s not over, though. DeSantis’ appeal moves on to the First District Court of Appeal, says CNN. “They’ll thoroughly consider the arguments of all parties, and they’ll make a decision, then it may or may not end up at the Florida Supreme Court,” the judge said.
“It’s undisputed that the Delta variant is far more infectious than the prior version of the virus, and that children are more susceptible to the Delta variant than to the form from a year ago,” Judge Cooper’s ruling continued.
“In particular for children under 12, they cannot be vaccinated. Therefore, there’s really only one or two means to protect them against the virus as either stay at home, or mask.”
This has been a bad week for DeSantis. On Tuesday, Anthony Fauci WENT IN on the Florida governor’s prior claim that getting the COVID vaccine should be a personal choice that “really doesn’t impact me or anyone else.”
Fauci Says DeSantis Is 'Completely Incorrect' To Call Vaccine A Mere Personal Choice https://t.co/Yd0njrl1Yj. THIS IS SO CLEAR!
— Kay Foster (@fosterkay67) September 8, 2021
Fauci wasn’t having it. “When you’re dealing with an outbreak of an infectious disease, it isn’t only about you,” the internationally renowned communicable disease expert said of the governor who seems to base his administration on whatever he thinks will endear him to the QAnon crowd. Fauci went on to explain how community leaders should act during a pandemic: “There’s a societal responsibility that we all have.”