A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday said an order requiring face masks inside K-12 schools and child care facilities containing the coronavirus must expire December 4, though that is unlikely to be the case. final legal development in the case.
The ruling by Judge Christine Fizzano Cannon of the Commonwealth Court comes a week after her court overturned the statewide mask regulation and it lifted the automatic suspension of the decision. that decision when Governor Tom Wolf’s administration appealed to the state Supreme Court.
Cannon’s ruling, in theory, gives the state Supreme Court time to hear the case, or for Wolf’s administration to write and issue a mask order through an emergency regulation.
In a 4-1 ruling last week, the Commonwealth Court sided with a legal challenge to the face covering order that went into effect in early September amid a rise in coronavirus cases and concerns about the spread of the virus. increase in delta variation.
The judges agreed with challengers that state law did not allow Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam to order mandatory mask wearing to prevent a disease and that the state never created one under the law. state disease control to allow it.
Two days earlier, Wolf announced that he would return the decision to wear masks to local school districts on January 17, but planned to continue wearing masks in child care centers and programs. early learning.
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