Federal judge voids national mask mandate for travelers
TAMPA — A federal judge in Florida voided the national mask mandate covering airplanes and other public transportation as exceeding the authority of U.S. health officials, The Associated Press reported. >> Read more trending newsU.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle said that the mask mandate exceeded the authority of U.S. health officials and that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention improperly failed to justify its decision and follow proper rulemaking, The Associated Press reported. The CDC recently extended the mask mandate, which was set to expire on April 18, until May 3. The mask mandate was extended to allow more time to monitor the spread of the BA.2 omicron subvariant of the coronavirus, now responsible for the vast majority of cases in the U.S. Check back for more on this developing story.wftv.com
Weather ‘roller coaster’ brings ice jam on Kankakee River and potential weekend snow drifting to the Chicago area
The snow from Thursday’s storm totaled 2.9 inches at O’Hare, 3.8 inches at Midway and 4.1 inches in the southwest suburbs. Most places in the Chicago area saw 2 to 5 inches of snow, and areas south of Interstate 80 experienced up to 9 inches.chicagotribune.com
U.S. Rep. Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia backs state Rep. Delia Ramirez’s bid for Congress; Burr Ridge Mayor Gary Grasso gets high-profile backing in GOP race for 6th district seat
As expected, U.S. Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia has endorsed state Rep. Delia Ramirez in the newly drawn 3rd Congressional District.chicagotribune.com
UIC can play in Horizon League championships now after the conference restores the Flames’ eligibility
The University of Illinois at Chicago will get to compete in winter and spring conference championships after the Horizon League’s Board of Directors voted to restore the Flames’ eligibility on Tuesday.chicagotribune.com
How I got a school mask mandate in my rural West Virginia community
Knowing a mask mandate was the only feasible way to keep classes in-person and our son safe, I reached out to the one parent-acquaintance I had in our school district who understood the covid-19 pandemic like I did. The movement grew from there.washingtonpost.com
VIDEOS: Maskless mothers kicked out of Volusia County School Board meeting
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A Volusia County School Board meeting that was set to start at 1 p.m. Tuesday was instead delayed when a group of maskless mothers refused to put on facial coverings. Volusia County School Board meeting off to an explosive start. Below are couple of parents/ demonstrators arguing with the school district that they can't be forced to wear a mask at the board meeting. LISTEN: School board attorney says they're now waiting for the district attorney on whether they can be here without a mask. #News6School board meeting is now starting.
Cocoa City Council passes mask requirement ordinance
COCOA, Fla. – Cocoa City Council unanimously voted in favor of a mask requirement emergency ordinance at a meeting Wednesday, News 6 partner Florida Today reported. The mask requirement comes as some Brevard municipalities—such as Cocoa Beach and Satellite Beach—have passed similar rules. West Melbourne also imposed a mask requirement inside of certain retailers to prevent coronavirus spread. Business owners and residents are asked to voluntarily comply with the order and Cocoa city officials set up a website at cocoafl.org/covid19 for frequently asked questions. In lieu of paying the civil penalty, the violator may provide one hour of community service to address the needs within the City of Cocoa.
This Florida city has issued $14,400 in fines to mask violators
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Police and city officials in Miami Beach have issued $14,400 in fines to people who weren't wearing facial coverings to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The city has issued 288 $50 fines since July 23, the newspaper reported. Body-camera footage from Miami Beach Code Compliance captured three stops from July 23, which offers a glimpse into how the city enforces its order, the newspaper reported. Each inspection began the same way, with a code officer taking a photo of the alleged violator, and then approaching to ask for ID to write the ticket. “I didn’t know you needed it (outdoors).”In Miami-Dade County, a similar ordinance issued July 16 comes with a $100 fine.
New mask mandates begin at several Central Florida stores
ORLANDO, Fla. – Several companies are beginning to implement new rules requiring customers to wear face coverings while shopping. A mandatory face mask policy went into effect Monday at Walmart, Sam’s Club, CVS, Lowe’s and Kohl’s locations across the country. While the list of national chains requiring face masks is growing, debate has continued about the possibility of a mask mandate in Florida. Other retailers that will soon require face masks include Publix beginning on Tuesday and Home Depot beginning on Wednesday. Target has also issued a mandatory face mask police that will go into effect Aug. 1.
These Central Florida cities, counties have face covering requirements
ORLANDO, Fla. – As COVID-19 continues to spread across Central Florida, counties are issuing face covering requirements hoping to curb the transmission of the virus. Below is a list of counties that have enacted a face covering mandate. Orange CountyOrange County’s executive order went into effect Saturday, requiring anyone living or visiting Orange County to wear a face covering. DeLand city commissioners held an emergency ordinance meeting on Thursday where several residents showed up to voice their concerns about face mask requirements. New Smyrna Beach city commissioners voted Wednesday to mandate face coverings in public when social distancing is not practical.