The Virginia Supreme Court voted Monday to dismiss a petition that would have stopped Governor Glenn Youngkin’s mask mandate ban for schools.
The court was not making a statement about whether the executive order was illegal, it was merely saying that the writ of mandamus the plaintiffs sought was not an appropriate way to attack the mandate.
“Mandamus is ‘an extraordinary remedy employed to compel a public official to perform a purely ministerial duty imposed upon him by law,’” the judges said.
Youngkin has made it clear that his order does not prevent anyone from voluntarily wearing masks, it just doesn’t force people to mask up if they don’t want to.
“We are pleased by the dismissal,” Youngkin said. “We will continue to protect the rights of parents to make decisions regarding their child’s health, education, upbringing, and care.”
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