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Court upholds challenge to Illinois governor’s mask rules

Information signs are displayed at a retail store in Buffalo Grove, Ill., Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced plans that Illinois' mask mandate to be lifted Feb. 28 with exceptions for schools, hospitals, nursing homes.

SPRINGFIELD — An appeals court has dismissed an appeal of a judge’s ruling that invalidated the Illinois governor’s requirement that masks be worn in schools to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The ruling comes about two weeks after a central Illinois judge invalidated the mask mandate and a week after Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker himself lifted the requirement that face coverings be worn in most indoor spaces — but not for schools — as the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations plummet.

The Sangamon County judge agreed with students and teachers from more than 150 school districts that no one could be excluded from school for health reasons without family consent or a public health quarantine order.

 

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