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Attorney General Advises School Districts & Public Health to Cease Enforcing Mandates and Quarantines

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2020 file photo, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt speaks during a news conference in St. Louis. Schmitt announced Wednesday, March 24, 2021, that he's making a bid for retiring U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt's seat. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Following the Cole County Circuit Court’s decision, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt sent a letter to local public health agencies and school districts informing them of the decision and requiring them to stop enforcing any mask mandates, quarantine orders, or any other public health orders that are null and void under the judgment.

Attorney General Schmitt said the “[p]ublic health authorities and school districts have gone unchecked, issuing illegal and unconstitutional orders in their quest to aggregate, maintain, and exert their new-found power. He said his office will enforce the Court ruling across the Sate.

The Court found that all mask mandates, quarantine orders, and other public health orders based on invalidated regulations or issued outside the protections of the Missouri Administrative Procedure Act are null and void. The Attorney General has advised local public health authorities to stop enforcing and publicizing any such orders immediately.

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