State law sets limits on any health ordinance that “directly or indirectly closes, partially closes, or imposes restrictions on the opening of or access to one or more business organizations, churches, schools or other places of assembly. or public or private gathering. . “
And Schmitt said ordering masks is “not adequate to prevent the spread of COVID-19” because it ignores studies that purport to show the masks are ineffective in limiting infection. The 26-page dossier similarly criticizes health orders issued in St. Louis County as of November 2020.
Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Missouri Department of Health and Seniors Services, and local doctors have recommended masks as an effective way to reduce the risk of infection and illness from COVID-19.
Schmitt asked Ribaudo to either overturn the September 27 mask order or issue an injunction barring the county from enforcing the measure.
Asked for a response, Page spokesman Doug Moore said in a statement: “Mr. Schmitt continues to betray the residents of Missouri by trying to erode the public safety measures put in place to protect everyone. , including our children too young to get vaccinated.
Moore argued that state law restricting health orders only applies to orders restricting access to businesses or churches.