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                        The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) is proposing a new long-term rule to ban mask mandates and enshrine its new quarantine rules for students in Florida’s public school system. Florida’s new surgeon general, Dr. Joseph Ladapo, signed off on the first phase of the new rules last month...
    Photo via AdobeThe Florida Department of Health on Friday proposed a long-term rule to try to prevent school mask mandates and give parents more authority to decide whether children who have been exposed to COVID-19 should be able to attend school. The department published the proposed rule as it tries to fend off a legal challenge from six school districts...
    Today, mask rules will loosen for some venues in San Francisco and Marin Counties.If everyone is fully vaccinated and there aren't more than 100 people masks won't be required in offices, gyms, indoor college classes, or religious gatherings. Participating businesses and organizations are responsible for vaccine verification.RELATED: Solano Co. defends past decision to keep businesses openSimilar rules will take effect...
    The Texas Supreme Court halted a coronavirus vaccine mandate for the San Antonio, Texas school district employees on Thursday hours before it was set to take effect. Texas’s highest court sided with Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton by temporarily blocking the mandate but did not rule whether or not the district’s mandate or the governor’s vaccine mandate...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Amid a series of legal battles, a Senate Republican on Wednesday filed a proposal that would put into state law a ban on school districts requiring students to wear masks. The proposal (SB 452), filed by Sen. Keith Perry, R-Gainesville, also would bar cities and counties from requiring people to wear masks or undergo medical procedures or treatments....
    It is in fact possible to record a podcast while wearing a mask. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) accused the University of Wisconsin-Madison of trying to censor him on Tuesday, after the campus refused to exempt his podcast from COVID-19 safety requirements. Cruz had been scheduled to record his podcast, Verdict with...
                        Over 60 GOP members of Congress, including Tennessee Representative Scott DesJarlais (R-TN-04), sent a letter Thursday to the Department of Justice (DOJ) demanding answers as to why the Department is targeting parents who oppose Critical Race Theory (CRT) and mask mandates in schools. This comes after Attorney General...
    No Time to Die scored $56 million in the box office opening weekend, despite being delayed over a year and Daniel Craig's last role as the title character The long-anticipated new James Bond movie, No Time To Die, made a disappointing $56million in its opening weekend in the US - sparking speculation vaccine and mask mandates may have put 007...
                        Eight county school boards in Florida are to be disciplined by the State Board of Education for maintaining mask mandates for students despite DeSantis’ Executive Order 21-175 (EO 21-175) that leaves that decision to their parents. In a conference call on Thursday, Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran and other...
    Arizona’s Gov. Doug Ducey accused the Biden administration of "federal overreach" this week after the Treasury Department said the state's educational grants specifically for schools without mask mandates were an improper use of federal coronavirus relief money.  "We have no plan to address what they're sending us," Ducey, a Republican, said this week, according to FOX 10 in Phoenix. "That...
                        Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R) on Thursday pledged to defy an order from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, instructing Ducey to stop using COVID-19 relief to award grants to schools that do not have a mask mandate. Calling the order from the Treasury Department “federal overreach,” Ducey...
    A federal judge granted a preliminary Friday to continue to block Iowa’s ban against school mask mandates until a court has officially ruled on the law signed by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) in May, NBC News reported. District Court Judge Robert Pratt granted the preliminary injunction on Friday, just as a temporary restraining order against the law was about to expire next...
    Photo by Stefano Guidi/Getty Images A federal judge on Friday issued a preliminary injunction blocking Iowa’s statewide ban on face mask mandates in schools. In his decision, District Court Judge Robert Pratt called the injunction an “extreme remedy” but noted its importance given “the current trajectory of pediatric Covid cases in Iowa since the start of the school year.” Pratt...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – While San Francisco is set to loosen certain indoor mask rules as soon as October 15, the mandate will remain in effect in the city’s bars and restaurants for now. Starting next Friday, masks won’t be required in settings where regular groups of fully vaccinated people gather, such as offices, gyms, and religious gatherings, if...
    The Florida Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to withhold funds from eight school districts enforcing coronavirus mask mandates that do not allow parents to have the ability to opt-out their children from the rules. CNN reports: In doing so, the state board said that school districts in Alachua, Brevard, Broward, Duval, Leon, Miami-Dade, Orange and Palm Beach counties were...
    "What's so equally disturbing about these school board members' gross violations of law, violations of law that are now receiving unprecedented and self-gratifying federal patronage from a bureaucrat in Washington, D.C., is that weeks of positivity rate data now shows no difference in districts with unlawful mask mandates versus those communities that protect parents' rights," he added. "Forced masking...
    The Florida Board of Education is sanctioning eight school districts for imposing mask mandates without opt-out options in violation of an executive order. Board of Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran asked to penalize the districts by withholding funds equivalent to 1/12 of school board members’ salaries. He will also withhold the amount of funds equivalent to federal grants President Joe Biden’s...
                        Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is “lying” about mask mandates in Florida’s schools and claims masks have been effective in stopping the spread of COVID. “Ron DeSantis is lying to you about masks in schools … In every single case, kids were better...
    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...
    Some MSNBC hosts and guests have run with the narrative that parents angered over coronavirus guidelines and new teaching techniques are dangerous and even racist. The National School Board Association called on the Department of Justice this week to investigate what it deemed possible "domestic terrorism" over "acts of malice," violence and threats against school boards across the country, leading...
    (CNN)The Florida Board of Education on Thursday voted to sanction eight school districts that have instituted Covid-19 mask mandates without giving parents the ability to opt their students out. In doing so, the state board said that school districts in Alachua, Brevard, Broward, Duval, Leon, Miami-Dade, Orange and Palm Beach counties were not in compliance and directly violating a Florida...
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Indoor masking requirements in the San Francisco Bay Area will be eased for certain indoor public settings, including offices, gyms, college classrooms and churches, once counties reach low COVID-19 case and hospitalization rates and at least 80% of the total population is fully vaccinated, officials announced Thursday. The Bay Area, with among the highest vaccination rates...
    USA Today and a labor and employment law website collected data from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico revealing that 39 states have shrinking coronavirus infections and 25 states have lifted statewide mask mandates. The reports also reveal more than a political divide. Littler, a legal firm, took a deep dive into the numbers that show conflicts...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Health officers for the nine Bay Area jurisdictions on Thursday announced a consensus on criteria needed to lift health orders requiring face coverings in most indoor public spaces. Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma, and the City of Berkeley will lift the indoor masking requirement in public spaces not...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried has released school district COVID-19 data which she said shows mask mandates worked to slow the spread of coronavirus. In a virtual press conference Thursday morning, Fried said the DeSantis’ administration worked to block the release of the data which shows that school districts requiring masks resulted in up to seven times...
    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...
                        Ten people have applied to replace Brad Fiscus on the Williamson County School Board. On Wednesday exactly half of them discussed their positions on COVID-19 mask mandates and whether public schools at the K-12 level should teach Critical Race Theory (CRT). When it comes COVID-19 mask mandates in...
                        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...
    WALNUT CREEK (KPIX) — Bay Area county health officials on Wednesday confirmed that they will be making a major announcement regarding mask mandates on Thursday. Health officials indicated the Thursday announcement would outline what the criteria for lifting current COVID-19 mask mandates would be, marking an initial step towards the lifting of those mandates. KPIX spoke to residents in Walnut...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A spokesperson for San Mateo County Health confirmed to our news partner, the Mercury News, an announcement about ending the mask mandates in multiple counties will happen tomorrow.Health officers have been considering softening the rules in certain places and in certain conditions -- especially in the office for the vaccinated.Many people are still working from home...
    Billionaire hedge fund manager and Citadel Securities founder Ken Griffin has been a major donor to far-right Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is seeking reelection in 2022 and is often mentioned as a possible GOP presidential candidate for 2024. But in an interview with Bloomberg News on October 4, Griffin was critical of DeSantis' handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. DeSantis...
    Bay Area health officials on Thursday are expected to announce plans for an eventual end to the region’s indoor masking mandate. Health officials are finalizing criteria in which counties would be required to meet in order to lift the restrictions. Those criteria are likely to include case rates, vaccination rates and hospitalizations, according to officials. “We have been discussing this...
    The U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday ordered Arizona Gov. Doug DuceyDoug DuceyNo silver bullet for crisis at the Southern border Biden presses companies to get ahead of vaccine mandate Federal judge blocks part of Arizona abortion ban hours before it takes effect MORE (R) to stop allotting federal pandemic funding toward grants for school systems in the state that do...
    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,...
    The Biden administration on Tuesday warned Arizona that it could lose millions of dollars in pandemic recovery funds if it continued to use grants to undercut school mask mandates. The state is offering private school vouchers to anti-mask parents and it is offering funding to school districts that do not impost mask mandates.  In a letter to Arizona’s Republican governor,...
    Recently published findings on universal masking policies in schools reinforce previously touted messages that they help keep kids safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19, a D.C. pediatrician says. “These studies found that school districts without a universal masking policy in place were more likely to have COVID-19 outbreaks. Nationwide, counties without masking requirements saw the number of pediatric COVID-19...
    The attorney general's directions are a response to a letter the National School Boards Association sent to President Joe Biden declaring school leaders are "under immediate threat." The letter cited several instances of protesters against school mask or vaccine mandates confronting school officials and in some instances engaging in disorderly conduct or making threats against schools. The letter cited...
    By Collin Binkley | Associated Press The Biden administration on Tuesday ordered Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to stop using the state’s federal pandemic funding on a pair of new education grants that can only be directed to schools without mask mandates. In a letter to Ducey, the Treasury Department said the grant programs are “not a permissible use” of the...
    The Biden administration on Tuesday ordered Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to stop using the state’s federal pandemic funding on a pair of new education grants that can only be directed to schools without mask mandates. In a letter to Ducey, the Treasury Department said the grant programs are “not a permissible use” of the federal funding. It’s the latest attempt...
                        Fulton County School System officials are currently fighting to keep a COVID-19 mask mandate in place while they’re also trying to clamp down on reported vandalism and violence within the schools. The Atlanta-based Reporter Newspapers said late last week that several parents want a Fulton County judge to...
    A video of a Department of Justice official putting on his mask before walking out to the lectern in the department’s briefing room has gone viral, prompting outrage on Twitter. Not wearing a mask inside a federal government building such as the DOJ is a violation of an executive order President Joe Biden signed the same day he took...
    By Brian Lopez, The Texas Tribune Oct. 1, 2021 "Justice Department argues Texas ban on school mask mandates violates disabled students' rights" was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that...
    The Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case regarding the state’s ban on school mask mandates. In a brief order, the court scheduled oral arguments in the case regarding the mask ban and other measures that had been deemed unconstitutional by a lower court for Nov. 2. Earlier this week, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper struck...
                        Tennessee Governor Bill Lee (R) announced on Thursday that he is extending an executive order that allows parents to opt their children out of mask mandates in schools. The decision by Lee follows rulings by multiple judges that blocked the implementation of the order in Knox, Shelby, and...
    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...
    An institution representing more than 90,000 school officials across the US begged Joe Biden Wednesday to send FBI and Secret Service agents to protect them from 'mobs' of angry parents irate over vaccine and mask mandates forced upon their children - asserting their protests should be treated as 'domestic terrorism' by 'extremist hate organizations.' In a letter penned to the president...