Judge blocks Tennessee governor's mask opt-out order in Shelby County

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee answers questions during a news conference Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order late Friday blocking Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee from allowing parents to opt out of school mask requirements in Shelby County, the state's largest county that includes the city of Memphis.

U.S. District Judge Sheryl Lipman issued the temporary restraining order for the Shelby County schools after it was sought by the parents of two children with health problems. The parents argued in a federal lawsuit filed last week that the Republican governor endangered students with health conditions and hurt their ability to attend in-person classes by allowing parents to opt-out of a mask mandate via an executive order.

The temporary restraining order remains in effect until Sept. 17.

The students attend school in the Memphis suburbs of Collierville and Germantown, which began classes Aug.