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Fla. Gov. DeSantis issues executive order allowing parents to reject masks for children

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks holding his facemask during a press conference to address the rise of coronavirus cases in the state, at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, on July 13, 2020. (CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 3:50 PM PT – Friday, July 30, 2021

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed an executive order saying parents can decide whether their kids should wear masks in the classroom. On Friday, DeSantis said the order protects the rights of parents and this is the most fair way to do it.

This comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidelines on Tuesday that recommended students K-12 wear masks when returning to class in the fall. However, some parents and advocates remained strongly opposed to the move.

Former Florida House Speaker Jose Olivia said he supports DeSantis’ decision, saying the governor recognized parents are in the best position to make these types of choices for their children. “His [DeSantis] actions today demonstrate his faith and trust in our fellow Floridians, and he and they have my full support,” said Olivia.

I signed an executive order directing @HealthyFla to enter rulemaking in collaboration with @EducationFL to protect parents’ freedom to choose whether their children wear masks in schools.

— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) July 30, 2021

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