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An Arizona judge on Monday voided the state’s ban on school mask mandates, in a victory for local officials who have defied Republican efforts to block such requirements around the country.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper ruled that the Arizona legislature acted unconstitutionally in packing several budget-related bills with other issues. Therefore, she concluded, measures such as the mask mandate ban and a ban on local vaccination requirements are “void and unenforceable.”

Here’s what to know

  • President Biden received his coronavirus vaccine booster shot on camera Monday. Here’s what you need to know about the United States’ boosters rollout.
  • A federal appeals court Monday made way for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to implement a vaccine mandate for all school employees, ruling against four educators who had sued to stop it.
  • Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, acknowledged that seemingly contradictory messaging between her agency and the Biden administration has led to confusion among physicians and patients about who should get booster shots and when.
  • Thousands of unvaccinated hospital employees in New York are likely to lose their jobs with a statewide vaccine mandate kicking in Monday night at midnight, the first major test of such rules for health-care workers nationwide.
  • A panel of economists has tempered its expectations for economic growth this year, citing the ongoing threat of the coronavirus, even as it projects that more robust growth will arrive by the end of 2021 and into 2022.
  • The White House said Monday that public health agencies such as the CDC and Food and Drug Administration will continue their work if the federal government shuts down, but that some staff and services would be cut.