Virginia Supreme Court Tosses Lawsuit Challenging Youngkin Mask Order

  • Virginia’s high court tossed a suit against the governor over his order to end school mask mandates.
  • The lawsuit was filed last month by a group of parents from Chesapeake, Virginia.
  • Gov. Youngkin and Virginia’s attorney general cheered the move by the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Virginia’s highest court tossed a lawsuit on Monday challenging Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s executive order that ends mask mandates in the state’s schools. 

The Supreme Court of Virginia threw out the lawsuit filed last month by a group of parents from Chesapeake, Virginia, against Youngkin over the mask order. 

The lawsuit argued that Youngkin’s mandate — issued on his first day in office — violated state law. 

Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares, a Republican who previously filed a motion to dismiss the suit, cheered the move by the Supreme Court of Virginia. 

“The Governor and I are pleased with today’s ruling,” Miyares said, adding that it was a “win for Virginia families.”

Youngkin tweeted, “We are pleased by the dismissal. We will continue to protect the rights of parents to make decisions regarding their child’s health, education, upbringing, and care.”

“To be clear, this is not about pro-mask vs. anti-mask, but rather parents making decisions about what’s best for their child’s health,” the governor continued. 

The Supreme Court of Virginia ultimately dismissed the lawsuit on a technicality. 

“We dismiss the petition because the relief requested does not lie against any of the respondents,” the opinion said. “Prohibition does not lie against any of the respondents under the circumstances of this case.”

A footnote on the ruling said, “By this dismissal, we offer no opinion on the legality of EO 2 or any other issue pertaining to petitioners’ claims.”

Meanwhile, Youngkin’s order, which allows parents to opt out of mask rules for their kids in schools, was temporarily blocked by a Virginia judge last week. 

A circuit-court judge granted seven school districts — which also sued Youngkin over the order — their request to have Youngkin’s mask-optional mandate be temporarily banned. 

Macaulay Porter, Youngkin’s spokesperson, said the governor’s office would appeal the decision. 

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