VA and West VA Attorney Generals joining multistate lawsuit

Attorney Generals from both Virginia and West Virginia are joining the multistate lawsuit challenging the

transportation mask mandates on airplanes and other public transportation. Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is

leading the multistate action and asking for the mask mandate to be dropped and for permanent injunction against

enforcement. Along with counterparts in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi,

Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Utah.

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Winchester drops mask requirements in government centers

The Winchester CitE news letter announced that masks are no longer required for unvaccinated visitors in government buildings.

Where visitors to the Winchester City Government Buildings will no longer be required to wear masks there are circumstances that need to be considered.

City officials ask that you follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

If you feel sick stay at home, practice proper hygiene and wear a mask.

The CDC also recommends a mask for anyone who is recovering from COVID-19 symptoms for at least ten days.

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Governor Youngkin praises the senate on mask mandates amendment

An email from Governor Glenn Youngkin praised the overwhelming adoption of an amendment to Senator Siobhan Bunnavant’s sponsored bill.

Senator Chap Petersen’s Amendment to the bill was called a victory for both children and parents statewide by the governor.

Petersen’s amendment was adopted by the Senate in a 29 to 9 vote yesterday Feb. 8.

The amendment would help to create an opt-out from local school mask mandates in Virginia according to the governor’s email.

The governor called the amendment a chance to give parents the right to decide whether their children should wear a mask in school.

Republican Governor Youngkin sited Democrat led states like Oregon, Connecticut, New Jersey and Delaware were already moving away from the universal mask mandates in schools.

The governor stated in the email that he was pleased to see there is bipartisan support for doing the same in Virginia.

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Page County Authorities increase their presence at Page County Schools

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A social post from Page County Public Schools announced the increased presence of law enforcement at schools and at school activities.

The post reads that the Page County Sheriff’s Office and Luray Police Department will have a noticeable increase in presence at Page County Schools in the future.

This was after the Page County Public Schools Central Office received what’s being considered a threatening phone call.

The call came from an unknown individual who never made a direct threat to anyone in the division.

However out of an abundance of caution the Page County Sheriff’s Office and Luray Police Department were notified.

The Sheriff’s Office and Police will continue to ensure student and staff safety in school and at after school activities for as long as is deemed necessary.

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Gov. Youngkin issues an update on the mask mandate

Virginia Governor Youngkin issued an update on mask mandates in an email.

The Governor issued alternative mitigation measures to masks.

Those measures emphasized vaccination, distancing and outbreak awareness.

The governor would like to have a clear decision tree for parents to review when trying to determine how to keep and return children to class.

The governor also encouraged  testing to stay in class.

He added that additional strategies should be implemented to keep and return kids to class quickly and contact tracing.

In the meantime Gov. Youngkin urged Virginia parents to listen to their school principles and trust the legal system.

The governor added that he is confident that the Virginia Supreme Court will rule in favor of parents and give back their right to decide.

Questions and concerns can be directed to helpeducation@governor.virginia.gov.

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