Federal appeals court upholds Michigan’s legal basis for mask mandates
LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) – A federal appeals court upheld the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ authority to issue mask mandates with an order released on Monday.
The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in the state’s favor in a lawsuit challenging the legal basis for health officials to mandate masks. The appeals court upheld an earlier ruling from a U.S. District Court judge.
Resurrection School in Lansing, which is a private Catholic school, is the plaintiff in a lawsuit filed in October 2020 claiming Michigan’s mask mandates violate Free Exercise, Equal Protection and Substantive Due Process legal doctrines. The lawsuit was filed in response to school mask rules across Michigan for the fall of 2020.
No statewide mask mandates are in effect for schools this fall for the upcoming school year.
Appeals judges ruled that Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Elizabeth Hertel had a rational basis for imposing mask mandates for the 2020-2021…