The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Friday struck down a statewide mask mandate.
The state’s high court said Acting State Health Secretary Alison Beam did not have the authority to mandate students wear a mask in school.
The initial lawsuit was filed by a coalition of parents, Republican politicians and school districts.
A full written opinion by the Democrat-majority court will be issued next week.
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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has affirmed the Commonwealth Court’s decision and vacated the mask mandate issued by the acting state health secretary.
This means that the mask mandate has been dropped, effective immediately.
The opinion is expected to be released at a later date. Judge Saylor did not participate in the vote.
The legality of the order requiring masks in K-12 schools and child care facilities went before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court earlier this week, as the two sides argued their respective positions before the justices Wednesday in Philadelphia.