Finally, it’s masks off in Loudoun County.

Students in Loudoun County schools will be able to attend class without masks effective immediately thanks to Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin and Loudoun County Circuit Court Judge James P. Fisher. Fisher granted an emergency injunction in the mandate after hearing arguments from Attorney General Jason Miyares’ office and the LCSB.

“Not only did we pass a bipartisan bill empowering parents to opt-out of school mask mandates, but also the Loudoun Circuit Court reaffirmed parents’ rights to have a say in their child’s health, education, care, and wellbeing,” Youngkin said in a statement.

“We’re excited that Loudoun has reached this decision,” he continued. “Importantly, the court ordered that any disciplinary action against students who were punished for following their parents’ decision to remove their mask will be expunged from their records.”

The school board has been “defying state law aggressively, openly, and proudly since January 24,” said Lead counsel on the case for the parent plaintiffs James Burnham. Burnham says that mask mandates as a safety measure to stop the spread of the coronavirus is “not consistent with reality” and amounts to a “harmful medical request.”

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