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Palm Beach County mask mandate challengers hope Florida Supreme Court will hear case

5 residents, denied in lower courts, ask state's highest court to weigh in on mandate
Posted at 12:02 AM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 08:18:48-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The fight over Palm Beach County's mask mandate could now go to the state's highest court.

Five residents continue to maintain that the county mask mandate is unconstitutional and infringes on privacy.

Those residents are asking the Florida Supreme Court to appeal a decision last month in the Fourth District Court of Appeal, which upheld a judge's previous decision that rules against them.

The current mask mandate in Palm Beach County went into place in June and has been extended several times, currently running until mid-March.

County leaders said while most people are following the rules at local businesses, with spring break coming soon and the COVID-19 variants in Florida, they want everyone to continue following safety measures like wearing masks and social distancing.

Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an order months ago that prohibits local governments from fining people for not wearing masks.

There's no word if or when the Florida Supreme Court will take up the case.