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US St. Louis reinstates indoor mask mandate despite state AG's threat to sue

23:45  27 november  2021
23:45  27 november  2021 Source:   cnn.com

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The city of St . Louis and St . Louis County reinstated an indoor mask mandate on Monday to try to stop the spread of Covid-19, even as Missouri' s attorney general followed through on a threat to sue over the requirement.

The city of St . Louis and St . Louis County reinstated an indoor mask mandate on Monday to try to stop the spread of Covid-19, even as Missouri’ s attorney general followed through on a threat to sue over the requirement. Beginning Monday, St . Louis required those ages 5 and older to wear masks St . Louis is one of a number of cities that have reissued indoor mask mandates amid the continued spread of Covid-19 and its more transmissible Delta variant. Los Angeles County in California; Provincetown, Massachusetts; and Savannah, Georgia are among the cities that have similarly

The city of St. Louis and St. Louis County reinstated an indoor mask mandate on Monday to try to stop the spread of Covid-19, even as Missouri's attorney general followed through on a threat to sue over the requirement.

a woman wearing glasses: St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones held a press conference on Monday to address the city's mask mandate amid a rise in Covid cases throughout the state of Missouri. © KMOV St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones held a press conference on Monday to address the city's mask mandate amid a rise in Covid cases throughout the state of Missouri.

Beginning Monday, St. Louis required those ages 5 and older to wear masks in indoor public spaces and on public transportation.

Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a lawsuit against the mandate on the day it went into effect.

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The city of St . Louis and St . Louis County reinstated an indoor mask mandate on Monday to try to stop the spread of Covid-19, even as Missouri’ s attorney general followed through on a threat to sue over the requirement. Beginning Monday, St . Louis required those ages 5 and older to wear masks St . Louis is one of a number of cities that have reissued indoor mask mandates amid the continued spread of Covid-19 and its more transmissible Delta variant. Los Angeles County in California; Provincetown, Massachusetts; and Savannah, Georgia are among the cities that have similarly

The city of St . Louis and St . Louis County reinstated an indoor mask mandate on Monday to try to stop the spread of Covid-19, even as Missouri’ s attorney general followed through on a threat to sue over the requirement. Beginning Monday, St . Louis required those ages 5 and older to wear masks St . Louis is one of a number of cities that have reissued indoor mask mandates amid the continued spread of Covid-19 and its more transmissible Delta variant. Los Angeles County in California; Provincetown, Massachusetts; and Savannah, Georgia are among the cities that have similarly

The mandate, intended to cut down on further spread of the virus, applies to vaccinated and unvaccinated people. Exceptions would include people who are seated in a restaurant or bar eating and drinking and individuals with disabilities that prevent them from putting on or removing face coverings, according to a news release.

At a press conference, Mayor Tishaura Jones said the city is still at a "dangerous point" with the virus, facing infection numbers not seen since December.

Missouri and its neighbor, Arkansas, have had some of the highest infection and hospitalization rates of the past few weeks amid a recent surge that has particularly hit unvaccinated communities.


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That was St . Louis , not even rural Missouri. Neverending mask mandate because half the population won't get vaccinated? most of those posts are from a subreddit that rhymes with "go sue normal". Even basic cloth masks / surgical masks make a huge practical difference to spread in ordinary settings like grocery stores.

Masks were insufficient to keep DC at low levels of infection even when business indoor capacity limits were a thing. We should focus on pushing more people to get vaccinated. Instead we're removing one of the perks of being vaccinated. Also until the past few days, when was everyone or zero infections ever the stated goal for resuming a path to normalcy? Was it not always preventing hospitals from being overrun and also reducing deaths—is that not the point of the vaccine literally, that you reduce your chances of getting sick by a lot, and that as a society we see light at the end of the tunnel?

About 41% of the Missouri's population is fully vaccinated, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. St. Louis has fully vaccinated just 35.4% of its residents, the most recent dashboard by the state shows.

The CDC has said that people who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks inside or outside. Studies show that the vaccines, though not 100% effective, protect against Covid-19 infection and severe illness.

St. Louis is one of a number of cities that have reissued indoor mask mandates amid the continued spread of Covid-19 and its more transmissible Delta variant. Los Angeles County in California; Provincetown, Massachusetts; and Savannah, Georgia are among the cities that have similarly returned to mask requirements in recent days.

Schmitt, a Republican who is running for the US Senate, blasted the mask mandate as "unreasonable, arbitrary, and capricious, unconstitutional, and unlawful."

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Nevada' s indoor mask mandate came into effect on July 30. New York City, however, announced Monday that it would not reinstate mandatory indoor mask wearing despite its own surge in cases. The mandates were announced by health officials in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma counties Monday afternoon amid a surge in cases driven chiefly by the contagious Indian delta variant. Louisiana became the second state to announce mask mandates as it reported the highest surge of new cases in the country, with Covid hospitalizations in

The mandate , one of the first to be reinstated in the country, requires everyone age 5 or older to wear masks in indoor public places and on public transportation in St . Louis city and St . Louis County even if they are vaccinated. Wearing masks outdoors is strongly encouraged, especially in group settings. But the lawsuit said the mandates are “arbitrary and capricious because they require vaccinated individuals to wear masks , despite the CDC guidance that this is not necessary.” It also questions mandating children to wear masks in school, noting they are less likely to become seriously ill.

"This continued government overreach is unacceptable and unconstitutional, especially in the face of a widely available vaccine," Schmitt said in a statement announcing the lawsuit. "There is absolutely no scientific reason to continue to force children to wear a mask in school," he adds.

After Schmitt announced his intention to bring a lawsuit in a tweet over the weekend, Mayor Jones said his threat was "frivolous," and it serves "his own interests at the expense of public health."

"It's easy to grandstand (when) your biggest concern is filming your next campaign commercial and chasing clout," Jones said about Schmitt.

The highest uptick in vaccinations is in the city's Black community, Jones said. Those same neighborhoods, she said, make up 74% of the new cases. The city is sending vaccination trucks to communities hardest hit by the virus, she said, and they are "meeting people where they are" in order to get them vaccinated.

She also said that her entire family is vaccinated, including her 13-year-old son.

Savannah becomes first major city in Georgia to reinstate masks .
The city of Savannah, Ga., is reimposing a mask mandate to slow the spread of the coronavirus, making it the first major city in Georgia to reinstate the requirement. Savannah Mayor Van Johnson said at a press conference Monday that he reinstated the mask mandate to halt the spread of the delta variant and to combat a rise in coronavirus cases in the local area, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.Johnson reportedly said he did not want to "take a backward step" in the process of leaving the pandemic but was concerned by data showing that coronavirus cases tripled in the neighboring Chatham County in a two-week period.

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