Shelby County drops lawsuit against Gov. Lee over school mask opt-out option

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — Shelby County dropped its lawsuit against Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Monday in regards to the governor’s executive order that gave parents the ability to “opt-out” their children of school mask mandates.

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The decision to drop the lawsuit comes just days after Lee allowed a bill to pass that prevents mask mandates in most schools. On Monday, a federal judge ruled that that bill must be put on hold as other lawsuits against Lee work their way through the courts.

Other lawsuits against Lee, over his opt-out order and the new bill preventing mask mandates, are still in progress.

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Though Lee has passed the bill preventing most mask mandates in schools, a federal judge has said that Shelby County must follow its local health department orders until a ruling is made which is expected to come after Thanksgiving.

The Shelby County Health Department said on Monday that masks will still be required inside of schools in the county.