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Posted on: September 4, 2021

Court Order Reaffirms Mask Mandate for Schools in Shelby County

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SHELBY COUNTY, TN – In a lawsuit filed by parents against Shelby County and Governor Bill Lee, the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee has issued a temporary restraining order enjoining Governor Lee from enforcing his Executive Order No. 84 that would allow parents to opt out of Shelby County Health Department’s indoor mask requirement. The Court also orders the County to “enforce its health orders without exception for Governor Lee’s Executive Order No. 84.”

Shelby County’s Health Order No. 25, issued on August 27, 2021, specifies that face masks are to be worn in indoor settings, including schools, unless an appropriate exception applies, such as being under 2 years old. Health Order No. 25 is deemed necessary to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, including among school students, many of whom are not yet eligible for vaccination. 

The Health Department sought partnership with the schools and school districts prior to implementing its order, and it stands ready to assist schools and daycares to make their facilities safer for children and the adults who work there. 

Read the text of Health Order No. 25 at  


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