Shelby County mask mandate heads to court

SHELBY COUNTY — Shelby County’s mask mandate is headed to a courtroom.

The preliminary injunction hearing will take place at the federal building at 10 a.m. Thursday.

This comes after two Shelby County parents sued Tennessee Governor Bill Lee.

The parents claimed their children caught COVID-19 in school.

The families also said their children struggle with disabilities and are more at risk of severe covid-19 infection.

Thursday morning a judge will hear evidence from the state and the lawyer representing the families.

The judge will then decide whether or not to extend the mask mandate or to modify it.

Because of a restraining order, students in all seven school districts across Shelby County went back to being required to follow the health department’s latest order requiring masks.

That order peeled back the Governor’s executive order that allowed some parents to send their children to schools without masks.

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

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