UPDATED 12:11 PM PT – Sunday, September 26, 2021
Two federal judges ruled against Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s (R) ban on mask mandates. In separate rulings, U.S. District Judge J. Ronnie Greer and Judge Waverly Crenshaw ruled against the governor’s executive order on Friday. This, barring parents from opting out of their children’s schools’ mask mandates.
Judge Greer also instructed school districts to implement a mask mandate to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. To date, a total of three judges have now ruled against Gov. Lee’s injunction.
To be clear: the vaccine is the best tool we have to combat the pandemic but heavy-handed mandates are the wrong approach.
— Gov. Bill Lee (@GovBillLee) September 9, 2021
In response to the latest rulings, a spokesperson for Lee said that the governor “believes parents are best equipped to make decisions regarding their children’s health and well-being.”