Ahead of its expiration, Gov. Bill Lee announced he intends to extend an executive order that allows parents to have their children opt out of school district mask policies.

The order, issued Aug. 16, is slated to expire Oct. 5. A new executive order detailing how long the extension is slated to last had not been released at the time of publishing.

However, the order has been blocked by a federal judge, meaning school districts, including those in Williamson County, are currently able to enforce mask mandates.

Lee said he is working to appeal that ruling.

"I am renewing my mask opt-out and will work with the [attorney general] to challenge the federal rulings that were inappropriately legislated from the bench," Lee said in a social media post.


Additionally, Lee said he intends to call for a special session of the Tennessee General Assembly on Oct. 18 regarding a Memphis Regional Megasite where companies Ford and SK Innovation would set up operations.

See the full announcement below.