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Mo. attorney general files suit over St. Louis city, St. Louis County mask mandates

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a suit on Monday, July 26 to stop the...
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a suit on Monday, July 26 to stop the reinstatement of a mask mandate in St. Louis County and St. Louis City.(MO State Treasurer's Office)
Published: Jul. 24, 2021 at 4:35 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 26, 2021 at 7:40 PM CDT
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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KFVS) - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a suit on Monday, July 26 to stop the reinstatement of a mask mandate in St. Louis County and St. Louis City.

The lawsuit asks the court for injunctive relief to invalidate the mask mandate and for a declaration that the mask mandates are subject to a law passed by the legislature in May.

The suit names St. Louis County Executive Sam Page, St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones and the directors of the county and city’s health departments.

“Today, my office filed suit against St. Louis City and County for reimposing their mask mandate on the citizens of St. Louis. This continued government overreach is unacceptable and unconstitutional, especially in the face of a widely available vaccine. There is absolutely no scientific reason to continue to force children to wear a mask in school,” said Attorney General Schmitt. “Back in May, I filed suit against St. Louis County for continuing to impose such unlawful restrictions, and just three days later, those restrictions were lifted. I will continue to fight this seemingly unending control and intrusion on peoples’ lives – we will not back down.”

Masking will be required in all indoor spaces and public transportation in St. Louis County again starting on Monday, July 26.

The mandate includes those who have already been vaccinated.

The Missouri Attorney General’s Office previously filed suit against the St. Louis County Executive over COVID-19 restrictions on May 11.

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