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More than half of Florida students required to wear masks despite governor’s ban on mandates

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  • More than half of Florida’s students will be required to wear masks in schools this fall despite an executive order banning mask mandates.
  • Ten Florida counties passed their own mask mandates requiring a doctor’s note for students to opt out.
  • A total of 52 percent of Florida students are required to wear masks at school, according to a Washington Post analysis.

Despite Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order banning mask mandates in schools and leaving the decision up to parents, more than half of Florida’s students are required to wear masks in schools, according to an analysis by The Washington Post.

By Wednesday, 10 Florida counties had passed their own mask mandates requiring a doctor’s note for students to opt out: Alachua, Broward, Duval, Hillsborough, Indian River, Leon, Miami-Dade, Orange, Palm Beach and Sarasota counties.


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Since these counties include some of the state’s largest cities — such as Orlando, Miami and Tampa — these mandates translate to 52 percent of Florida students being required to wear masks at school.

A lawsuit challenging DeSantis’ order is underway with a ruling expected for Friday. Currently, counties that defy the executive order face financial penalties.

Only 51 percent of Florida’s population is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.


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