DeSantis still fights masks—despite COVID surge, court loss, expert advice, etc.

A protester holds a placard outside an emergency meeting of the Brevard County, Florida School Board in Viera to discuss whether face masks in local schools should be mandatory.

Enlarge / A protester holds a placard outside an emergency meeting of the Brevard County, Florida School Board in Viera to discuss whether face masks in local schools should be mandatory. (credit: Getty | SOPA Images)

As Florida’s stratospheric COVID-19 surge continues, Governor Ron DeSantis has appealed a judge’s ruling last week that overturned the governor’s ban on mask mandates in schools. The judge determined that DeSantis’ ban didn’t “meet constitutional muster.

In a notice of appeal filed Thursday, DeSanitis’ lawyers claimed that the appeal should trigger an automatic stay, keeping the governor’s mask mandate ban in place for now until the appeal is heard. However, as CNN reports, parents from six Florida counties have already filed an emergency notice to vacate the stay.

At least 13 school districts in Florida have already opted to institute school mask mandates, bucking the governor’s legally imperiled ban.

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