Health & Environment, Politics, States

Pennsylvania Court Strikes Down Mask Mandate

A Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court threw out an order that required individuals to wear masks inside public and private schools Monday, saying that state health officials lacked the authority to implement such a rule, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

The state Department of Health reportedly appealed the ruling almost instantaneously, stopping any immediate action.

Judges on the court sided 4-1 with the ranking Republican in the state Senate and others who sued to challenge the mandate, which started in early September.

The judges said Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam’s forced mask order violated state laws about reviewing and approving regulations and was adopted without an existing emergency officially declared by the governor. Read more…

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