Masks required in schools across Shelby Co. after judge overrules Gov. Lee’s opt-out policy

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Beginning Tuesday, students across Shelby County will be required to mask up once again.

This comes after a judge ruled that Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s executive order allowing parents to choose to opt their children out of mask mandates is unconstitutional.

“The situation is so new that no one knows precaution is better, but on the other hand people should have a choice,” said parent Muhammad Faisal.

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”Rather than telling people if they should have a mask or no, virtual should be an option,” said Faisal.

A temporary restraining order has been issued against the mask opt-out policy. 

“It’s a learning curve, people getting sick, people getting better,” said Faisal.

This comes after Gov. Lee was sued by two Shelby County families after they claimed their children caught COVID-19 in school.

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“Social distancing would help. Virtual would help. So, there are other options,” said Faisal.

The temporary restraining order will remain in place until  Sept. 17. 

A preliminary injunction hearing is scheduled on Thursday,