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                        A group of parents from the Iron Range are suing the Rock Ridge schools for enacting a mask mandate. According to a report from The Star Tribune, 280 parents are involved. According to FOX 21, Rock Ridge schools enacted the mask mandate at the end of September. The...
    A 16-year-old girl in Wyoming was arrested Thursday at her school after she refused to wear a mask on school grounds, she and her father said. Grace Smith, a junior at Laramie High School, told state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, in an interview posted online, that police placed her in handcuffs for trespassing after she was suspended for not following...
    California Gov. Gavin Newsom last week signed a requirement for all eligible students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, even as his own daughter has yet to receive the shot.  Newsom announced on Oct. 1 that all students and school staff must be vaccinated by January 2022 – the first statewide mandate in the country. The order includes some exemptions –...
    NEW YORK (AP) — For a brief moment this summer, it seemed like small businesses might be getting a break from the relentless onslaught of the pandemic. More Americans, many of them vaccinated, flocked to restaurants and stores without needing to mask up or socially distance. But then came a surge in cases due to the delta variant, a...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Solano County's health officer said the indoor mask mandate didn't have any benefit to the counties that did enforce restrictions, but other health officials disagree."If you look back on it... none of the counties that had such a mask mandate showed any benefit," said Dr. Bela Matyas, the health officer for Solano County. "All of them...
    MARIN COUNTY (CBS SF) – Health officials in Marin County announced Friday that it plans to ease the county’s indoor mask mandate in certain settings where all people present can prove they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The revised mandate, which goes into effect on October 15, would exempt the mask requirement in what officials described as “select” settings. All...
    ALLEN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The group of parents who filed a federal class action lawsuit against Allen ISD last month, stating they wanted leaders to follow recommendations from U.S. government health leaders and doctors from Cook Children’s Medical Center regarding COVID-19, dismissed their claims Thursday, Oct. 7. Allen ISD called the move “an important victory” for the school district saying...
    The Florida Board of Education on Thursday voted unanimously in favor of sanctioning eight school districts with mask mandates that do not allow parents to opt out. The eight districts — Alachua, Brevard, Broward, Duval, Leon, Miami-Dade, Orange and Palm Beach — could potentially face funding cutbacks if they do not show that they have complied with the state government's order, the...
    NASHUA, N.H. (CBS) — There was an outburst at a Nashua School Board Meeting over masks on Tuesday. Heather Raymond, the chair of the meeting and President of the Nashua Board of Education, says they were forced to ask unmasked people to leave the meeting. “You’re selling out your country, and you’re selling out your oath,” yelled one person. READ...
    Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot has reinstated a mask mandate for employees and visitors at several Maryland state agency buildings. The mandate, which takes effect Thursday, applies to the Louis L. Goldstein Treasury Building, the Revenue Administration Building, the Annapolis Data Center, the Comptroller’s Baltimore Office, regional branch offices, satellite offices and the Motor Fuel Laboratory. The mask rules apply in...
    Bay Area health officers Thursday laid out a list of conditions they say must be met before their region-wide requirement for everyone to wear face masks in indoor public places can end. Those conditions include reaching the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s yellow “moderate” tier for COVID-19 transmission for at least three weeks, having low and stable hospitalization...
    A Texas middle school teacher was temporarily 'removed from the classroom' after she was filmed removing her face mask and intentionally exhaling over a cornered student - before shouting 'I don't care' as the child tried to get away. The student is seen covering her face with her hand as the unmasked teacher breaths over her during an altercation at...
    NOVATO, Calif. (KGO) -- With COVID case rates on the decline, many wonder how long we'll have to keep our facemasks on. Today, Bay Area health officers are expected to announce plans for a possible end to the region's indoor masking mandate but the order may not end overnight."It's time, it's been 18 months," said Adam Kovacks.Kovacks says you're working...
    NOVATO, Calif. (KGO) -- With COVID case rates on the decline, many wonder how long we'll have to keep our facemasks on. Today, Bay Area health officers are expected to announce plans for a possible end to the region's indoor masking mandate but the order may not end overnight."It's time, it's been 18 months," said Adam Kovacks.Kovacks says you're working...
                        Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) hinted Tuesday she may follow President Joe Biden’s lead and support a coronavirus vaccine mandate in the state. Whitmer was asked about the federal mandate for federal government employees and employers with 100 or more workers, and the Democrat incumbent did not indicate...
                        The U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday blocked Arizona Governor Doug Ducey from utilizing federal COVID-19 aide toward grants for school systems in the state that do not have mask mandates. Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo penned a letter to Ducey, informing the Republican governor that the grants were...
    BEL AIR, Md. (WJZ) — A new study conducted by the CDC shows children in schools where there is no mask mandate have a higher chance of contracting COVID. To some, this is a no-brainer. “If you wear a mask, the transmissibility of the virus is greatly reduced,” said William Brown, who has school-aged nieces and nephews. READ MORE: Times...
    Children ages 2 to 5 will have to wear masks indoors in Prince George’s County, Maryland, County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced Wednesday. The county’s mask mandate previously covered people down to age 5. “As a parent, I know it is not easy to mask younger children,” Alsobrooks said, but rising cases of COVID-19 among young children means that “we are...
    LARGO, Md. (WJZ) — Prince George’s County expanded its indoor mask mandate Wednesday to include children from two to five-years-old, effective immediately, County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced. The indoor mandate previously applied to those over the age of five. Now, anyone two and over will need to mask up in indoor venues in the county, with exceptions for eating, drinking...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — Some counties in the Bay Area are starting to consider lifting mask mandates, but a health expert says it may be too soon. UCSF epidemiologist Dr. George Rutherford warns public health officers should hold on a little while longer to end the mask mandate. Especially since we are entering the season of get togethers, starting with...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Bay Area health officials are considering dropping indoor mask mandates. On Tuesday, Mayor London Breed said the change is long overdue. But, there's still a lot of hesitation among Bay Area residents, epidemiologists included.RELATED: SF residents react to images of Mayor Breed maskless inside clubMask mandates have been a moving target throughout the pandemic. In mid-June,...
                        After Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis won a temporary ruling last month, the parents suing the state of Florida over its mask mandate ban filed a notice in 11th Circuit Court of Appeal to overturn the previous decision. The attorneys said DeSantis’ executive order banning mask mandates violates the...
                        Late Tuesday, Metro Nashville City Council members’ attempt to impose an indoor mask mandate was indefinitely deferred. Councilmember Joy Styles, chief sponsor of bill BL2021-872, moved to indefinitely defer the legislation that would have imposed a mask mandate in all indoor spaces in Nashville. There were cheers in...
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- With the rate of COVID-19 transmission declining in the county and vaccination numbers slowly climbing -- likely boosted by current and upcoming inoculation requirements -- the county's public health director said she can foresee a time when residents will no longer have to wear masks in most indoor settings.But dropping the county's mask-wearing mandate will be...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (KDKA) – West Virginia University is extending its indoor mask mandate through Oct. 20. READ MORE: RADical Days Return For 2021The requirement was put in place in September and set to be reevaluated early this month. READ MORE: Online Tool Teaches Children About Fire SafetyThe university says that while cases and quarantines among...
    Orange County, California, a non-mask mandate county, has a lower coronavirus case rate than neighboring Los Angeles County, which enforces mask wearing, a new report found.  The number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 people sits at five in Orange County, while Los Angeles County has nine cases per 100,000 people, SFGate reported Monday. The two counties have identical hospitalization rates...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The city of Chicago continues to cite businesses that violate the mask mandate.Last week, investigators issued 12 citations. The businesses cited included Tao Chicago, Hampton Social, the Giant Penny Whistle, DeColores Restaurant, Spectrum Studios and Renaissance Bronzeville.Businesses must require any individual, regardless of vaccination status, age 2 or older, to wear a mask when indoors in any...
    Area gyms are asking D.C. to review its mask mandate and requesting parity for the fitness industry. Bryan Myers, CEO and president of SolidCore, and other gyms in the District sent a letter to Mayor Muriel Bowser and Health Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt on Monday asking them to examine available data and reconsider the mask mandate as it applies to...
                        In September, the Wilson County School Board approved a temporary mask mandate for students, teachers, and staff throughout the entire school system. The mandate expired on Monday which led the school board to vote on whether to extend it or not during their meeting Monday night. The school...
    A California judge declined an emergency injunction request from mask-choice advocates to block school mask mandates in K-12 public schools in the state on Thursday morning, CBS 8 reported. The plaintiffs in the suit, Let Them Breathe and Reopen California Schools, filed their lawsuit against California in July. The groups believe that decisions about whether a child should wear a...
    A California judge has rejected a campaign group's request for a temporary restraining order against the state's mask mandate for schoolchildren enforced by Governor Gavin Newsom.  San Diego County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Freeland denied the request made by the organization Let Them Breathe at a court hearing on September 30.  Let Them Breathe and another group called Reopen California...
    A California judge has denied a temporary restraining order request barring the state from enforcing its school mask mandate, which mask-choice advocates argue should be decided at the local level. Let Them Breathe and Reopen California Schools sued the state of California in July, alleging that its school mask mandate is harmful to students and not rooted in science. On...
    (CNN)The mayor of Anchorage, Alaska, apologized this week after he said that some residents' decisions to wear the Star of David -- à la Jews who suffered under Nazi-occupied Europe -- to protest a proposed city mask mandate is a "credit" to Jewish people. Mayor Dave Bronson, a self-identified "center-right" conservative who opposes the mask mandate, said Thursday that he...
    The Republican gubernatorial nominee opposes mask and vaccine requirements, putting him at odds with a broad majority of the state. A new Fox News poll shows that Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin is far out of step with most Virginians on how to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey — released...
                        Phoenix Union High School District (PXU) announced on Thursday that the school district will require all students and staff who participate in sports or certain extracurricular activities to receive the coronavirus vaccine. All individuals involved in the programs must submit proof of vaccination by November 1 or commit...
    The mayor of Anchorage, Alaska, has apologized for defending the use of Holocaust imagery by critics of mask mandates.  Anchorage Assembly members are considering a measure to require masks in indoor public spaces and at large outdoor events, drawing condemnation from many in the community who attended public meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Anchorage Daily News reported.   Some of...
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The mayor of Alaska’s largest city apologized Thursday for his comments supporting some residents’ use of Holocaust imagery to liken a proposed citywide mask mandate to the oppression of Jewish people in Nazi Germany. Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson has said he staunchly opposes the proposal before the city’s governing body, and he initially defended the use...
    A student wears a face mask on the first day of school after summer vacation at a Catholic school north of Miami, on Aug. 18, 2021 Last month I wrote about how Ted “Cancun” Cruz has fully supported Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s efforts to ban mask mandates in schools, but sends his daughters to the private St. John’s School (with $30,000 tuition) in Houston—which...
    As coronavirus outbreaks plague America’s schools, parents opposed to common-sense safety measures like mask mandates have resorted to bizarre and even violent tactics, perhaps most notoriously threatening to zip-tie an elementary school principal. Now, some parents enraged at a mandate in Ankeny School Community District near Des Moines, Iowa, are dangling a new, legal tactic, albeit one that risks sabotaging...
    A former director at Montana State University (MSU) allegedly called a student a “stupid fuck” and several other staffers berated the student for starting an anti-mask campaign on campus, according to emails obtained by the Daily Caller. MSU student Dylan Dean and Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) created a petition to end the university’s mask mandate on campus, garnering more...
    A Virginia student spoke out publicly against his school’s mask mandate at a recent school board meeting. Noah Rafalski, who attends school in Loudoun County, said on Fox & Friends" Thursday the school board's decisions are not right. "I think that it is a crime to mask me and everybody else at [Loudoun County Public Schools]," he told the board...
    SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Santa Cruz County announced Wednesday it is dropping its indoor mask mandate effective immediately.That comes as a new CDC forecast model shows that COVID hospitalizations are likely to drop by nearly half in the next two weeks. And that same model shows cases and deaths will continue to decline over the next four weeks.RELATED:...
    The South Carolina Department of Education on Wednesday said that it will follow a federal judge's recent order blocking the state’s ban on school mask mandates, informing school districts that they “now have the discretionary authority to require masks.”  The state’s education superintendent, Molly Spearman (R), informed local school district leaders across South Carolina that U.S. District Judge Mary Geiger...
    (CBS4) – A group of parents in Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties filed suit Tuesday against Tri-County Health Department over its mask mandate in schools. Tri-County issued a public health order in August requiring teachers and administrators to enforce the mandate or face criminal penalties. (credit: CBS) Becky O’Guin, Communications Manager for Tri-County Health, said in a statement that “TCHD...
    A group of Iowa parents, threatening to pull their children from public schools to protest a mask mandate, could cost the district $7,000 per student, the Des Moines Register (DMR) reported Monday. Sixty-six parents would pull their kids the day before the Ankeny school district’s Oct. 1 student count date, and some would reenroll the Monday after the count, which...
    SANTA CRUZ (CBS SF/BCN) — Citing a countywide-declining infection rate, Santa Cruz County lifted its indoor mask mandate Wednesday. County officials lifted the mandate, effective immediately, after Santa Cruz County moved into the “moderate” tier of community transmission, the second lowest level of viral spread as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. READ MORE: Threat Of...
    SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Santa Cruz County announced it's dropping its indoor mask mandate effective immediately.That comes as a new CDC forecast model shows that COVID hospitalizations are likely to drop by nearly half in the next two weeks. And that same model shows cases and deaths will continue to decline over the next four weeks.Dr. Peter Chin-Hong...
    Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) extended the statewide mask mandate on Tuesday yet again, declaring “masks have been proven to help slow the spread” of the Chinese coronavirus. The Democrat governor initially implemented the indoor mask mandate, which applies to those five and older, on August 4. It was originally set to expire on September 1, but the governor...