Supporters and opponents of mandatory wearing of masks argue in the courts.
The Florida Court of Appeals overturned the verdict of a lower court, which declared illegal the decision of the governor of the state Ron DeSantis, who banned the mandatory wearing of masks in public schools.
DeSantis wrote on Twitter that “the court has restored the right of parents to make the best decisions regarding their children. I will continue to fight for the rights of parents.”
Florida is one of the U.S. states where Republican governors actively prevent local authorities and school districts from introducing mandatory wearing of masks. This issue has acquired great political significance.
Opponents of the mandatory wearing of masks claim that this is an attack on personal rights and freedoms – opponents declare that wearing masks is necessary to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
In July, DeSantis signed a decree prohibiting schools from requiring students to wear masks. He said that the parents should make the appropriate decision.
Some school districts in Florida ignored the governor’s decree; in response, the state Department of Education stopped funding two such districts.
Supporters of the mandatory wearing of masks intend to appeal to the Florida Supreme Court.