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Missouri attorney general to sue St. Louis over new mask mandate

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt plans to file a lawsuit to stop the return of mask mandates in St. Louis City and County “The citizens of St. Louis and St. Louis County are not subjects — they are free people,” he tweeted.” As their attorney general, I’ll be filing suit Monday to stop this insanity.”

Schmitt appeared on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” on Sunday to explain his decision to file the lawsuit, noting that the city is experiencing a violent crime crisis. According to Fox News, officials said Friday that the mandate applies to people regardless of their vaccination status and is being put into place while the delta variant spreads in the area.

As the “St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported”: “The new orders — a response to the resurgence of COVID-19 cases and pleas from area hospital officials — will require most people, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, to wear masks in indoor spaces and on public transportation. People in the city and county also will be urged, but not required, to wear masks outdoors, especially in group settings.”

“We are relentlessly committed to making vaccinations more accessible and convenient,” said Dr. Faisal Khan, acting director of the St. Louis County Department of Public Health. “In the meantime, we need everyone, vaccinated or not, to wear masks in crowded indoor settings.”

Wildwood Mayor Jim Bowlin “also pledged to stop the mandate, saying he would use his own executive action to prevent enforcement of the mandate in the large west St. Louis County suburb. His executive action will also allow business and other gathering places to use parking lots and other adjacent spaces to do business to accommodate people without masks outside, he said on Facebook,” the “Post-Dispatch” reported.

–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice