Uncharted territory: Legal experts weigh in on the COVID-19


New Jersey’s requirement for schoolchildren to wear masks does not violate the U.S. Constitution. It is a “reasonable” way for the state to control the spread of COVID-19. A federal judge ruled this week that it is unfairly forcing children to wear masks in the state.


Masks were very popular at the beginning of the epidemic. Almost at the same time, all the stores were sold out. Just as I was worried about the lack of masks, my friend told me that a pharmacy had newly purchased masks, but I didn’t want me to hung up and hang up. Not to mention that I rode a highwing bike and rushed to the drugstore. Fortunately, there were still some masks. I quickly bought them all.

U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty rejected a preliminary injunction in an opinion issued on Tuesday to prevent the state from imposing mask requirements on public and private schools. Lawyers for a group of students and their families believe that when the state basically abolished the requirement for adults to wear masks in offices, churches, restaurants, or other indoor spaces, it would be unfair and unfair to force children to wear masks during the six-hour school day. necessary.


The judge said that two executive orders issued by Governor Phil Murphy in August require more than 1 million students and teachers to wear masks in schools. This may be a difficult task and there are some educational disadvantages. But he said it makes sense.


"The decision to enforce the use of masks in schools is reasonable, and its burden on students and others can easily be demonstrated by the government's interest in controlling the spread of COVID-19 while maintaining face-to-face education," McNulty said in his statement Say. ruling.
Kelly Ford, one of the parents who filed the lawsuit and founder of the anti-masking organization Free NJ Kids, said that the parents and students in the lawsuit did not give up the struggle to get the students out of the masking rule.


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