(Yahoo News) – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday barred local school districts from requiring students to wear masks even as the nation fights a resurgence of coronavirus.

The Sunshine State’s chief executive said he disagreed with guidelines issued Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommends that all students in kindergarten through 12th grade wear coverings when they return to classrooms this fall. DeSantis signed an executive order Friday prohibiting school districts in his state from having a choice to set such a mandate.

“The federal government has no right to tell parents that in order for their kids to attend school in person, they must be forced to wear a mask all day, every day,” DeSantis said in a statement. “Many Florida schoolchildren have suffered under forced masking policies, and it is prudent to protect the ability of parents to make decisions regarding the wearing of masks by their children.”

Before signing the order, the governor told supporters at a Cape Coral restaurant that he and his wife have always opposed masks for their children. “I have young kids. My wife and I are not going to do the masks with the kids. We never have,” he said. “I want to see my kids smiling. I want them having fun.” READ MORE

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