A day after the Floyd County Health Department issued a mask mandate for students 6th grade and under, local leaders have decided to put that decision on hold.Floyd County Health Officer Thomas Harris issued a statement Thursday saying that implementation of the mask mandate is on hold pending a decision by the Floyd County Commissioners.According to the statement, the commissioners believe the mandate should not go into effect because of a new law that was passed in Indiana that requires county or city leaders to approve local health orders that are more stringent than a state public health order.Across the Hoosier state, all COVID-19 mandates have ended. Gov. Eric Holcomb has left the decision about whether to issue new mandates at the local level to local leaders.Harris did not elaborate on the decision by the commissioners, nor did the commissioners themselves issue a statement on the mandate.On Wednesday, the health department said the mandate would apply to all students grades Kindergarten through sixth grade, in any school within the county. The students would have to wear masks at “indoor, high density” events where social distancing can’t occur.The order was initially only going to be in place for 31 days. Harris said the mandate was issued because of ongoing concerns over the delta variant.The mandate was set to go into effect Friday before it was put on hold.Dozens of Floyd County parents gathered Thursday to protest the new mandate outside the health department. The parents said while they aren’t against people wearing masks, they said they want to be given the option on whether their students should mask up.Some of the parents said wearing masks can hinder their child’s ability to learn.Most school districts in the area have been making the choice on masks, and so far, the only full district in the Louisville area to mandate them for all students is Clarksville Community Schools.

A day after the Floyd County Health Department issued a mask mandate for students 6th grade and under, local leaders have decided to put that decision on hold.

Floyd County Health Officer Thomas Harris issued a statement Thursday saying that implementation of the mask mandate is on hold pending a decision by the Floyd County Commissioners.

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According to the statement, the commissioners believe the mandate should not go into effect because of a new law that was passed in Indiana that requires county or city leaders to approve local health orders that are more stringent than a state public health order.

Across the Hoosier state, all COVID-19 mandates have ended. Gov. Eric Holcomb has left the decision about whether to issue new mandates at the local level to local leaders.

Harris did not elaborate on the decision by the commissioners, nor did the commissioners themselves issue a statement on the mandate.

On Wednesday, the health department said the mandate would apply to all students grades Kindergarten through sixth grade, in any school within the county. The students would have to wear masks at “indoor, high density” events where social distancing can’t occur.

The order was initially only going to be in place for 31 days. Harris said the mandate was issued because of ongoing concerns over the delta variant.

The mandate was set to go into effect Friday before it was put on hold.

Most school districts in the area have been making the choice on masks, and so far, the only full district in the Louisville area to mandate them for all students is Clarksville Community Schools.

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