Virginia Supreme Court Upholds Youngkin’s Pro-Parent Executive Order Against Masks In Schools

On Monday, Virginia Supreme Court upheld Governor Glenn Youngkin’s executive order allowing parents to opt-out of mask mandates in schools.

The decision was handed down in response to Chesapeake parents’ challenge to the order.

Attorney General Jason Miyares released a statement saying, “Today, the Supreme Court of Virginia rejected a challenge out of the City of Chesapeake to Governor Youngkin’s Executive Order Number 2. The Governor and I are pleased with today’s ruling. 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. 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. We agree with the Court’s decision and will continue to defend the Executive Order. This is a victory for Virginia families.”

The attorney general’s office is continuing to side with parents of Loudoun County school districts who are fighting the district’s decision to ignore the Governor’s executive order.