A state judge has lifted the mask mandate in Pennsylvania schools, which will take effect in December.
The deadline for Pennsylvania’s school mask mandate has been pushed back to December.
Commonwealth Court Judge Christine Fizzano Cannon issued a follow-up opinion on Tuesday, ordering the mandate to end on December 1.
Cannon’s order overturned a previous stay, which would have kept the school masking mandate in place until Gov.
Tom Wolf’s appeal of the court’s initial November decision has been dismissed.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court was hearing an appeal of the 10 order lifting the mask rule.
Although the appeal is still pending, the plaintiffs in the case have requested that the automatic stay of the initial order be lifted in the meantime.
Acting State Health Secretary Alison Beam still has other ways to impose a mask mandate if she believes it is absolutely necessary, Cannon agreed Tuesday, citing the likelihood that the plaintiffs will prevail on appeal.
After Labor Day weekend, Beam imposed the universal masking order for all students, staff, and visitors to Pennsylvania schools, fearing that the new school year would give the coronavirus pandemic a new chance to flourish in schools packed with children, especially since children under the age of 12 were still not eligible for vaccination.
It was challenged this fall by a group of state lawmakers, private school operators, and parents who argued that Beam had acted improperly by issuing the order outside of a pending public health emergency this summer.
Cannon stated in her new order that she will lift the current masking order on December 1.
4, with the release of the Pennsylvania Bulletin’s next issue.