An Illinois appeals court is expected to rule as early as Thursday on whether or not a mask mandate for schools can remain in effect.
The move follows a court ruling last week that allowed some schools to overturn mask mandates, while creating confusion about which other institutions might follow suit.
Several unlisted schools among those that filed suit in the case have already moved to make masks optional, which Gov. JB Pritzker says is not allowed under the administration’s current Ordinance on masks.
“The decree remains in force. We still have a mask requirement in the state of Illinois,” he said.
A vote by the Joint Administrative Rules Committee, which opted not to extend the term of the school mask, further complicated matters. JCAR, made up of both Democrats and Republicans, said the vote temporarily suspended the school mask mandate, with three Democrats stepping in to vote to suspend the measure.
The governor insisted the vote only reflected uncertainty over the fate of his appeal of the court’s initial ruling in the case, but Republicans called the vote a victory and said it would speed up the process. removal of mandate.
An appeals court is expected to rule on whether the mask mandate can come back into effect, but it’s unclear whether the Illinois Department of Public Health would be allowed to issue another mandate if the current order is revoked.