Virginia Supreme Court Backs Youngkin’s Ban On Mask Mandates

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‘A Win for Families’

On Monday, the Virginia Supreme Court upheld an executive order signed by Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin prohibiting public school districts from enforcing mask restrictions on kids.

Following the verdict, Republican Attorney General Jason Miyares hailed it as a “victory for Virginia families,” enabling parents to choose whether or not their children wear masks.

Reversing Northam’s Work

“At the beginning of this pandemic, Governor Northam used his broad emergency powers to close places of worship, private businesses, and schools and impose a statewide mask mandate,” Miyares said. “Nearly two years later, we have better risk mitigation strategies and vaccines, and we know much more about the efficacy of requiring children to wear masks all day.”

In their ruling, Justices underscored that parents have a right to know what is going on in their children’s lives and make the best choices for their families.

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Rebecca Horvath
Rebecca Horvath
Rebecca Horvath is an editor and writer for NRN. For nearly a decade, Horvath wrote a regular Community Voices column for the Johnson City Press, where she was known to ruffle a few feathers. In 2018, she began writing for the National Federation of Republican Women, interviewing and profiling candidates such as Sen. Martha McSally and Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith. Horvath also contributes to