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3 churches sue over Minnesota's mask mandate and other rules


August 14, 2020

Glen Stubbe – Star Tribune

Gov. Tim Walz announced a statewide mandate last month requiring Minnesotans to wear face masks in stores and indoor gathering places.

Three churches in Minnesota on Thursday sued Gov. Tim Walz, Attorney General Keith Ellison and other officials over state executive orders that require that people wear masks and follow social distancing practices during religious services in connection with combating the coronavirus pandemic.

"Governor Walz wants to prosecute Minnesotans for religious attendance," read a statement from attorney Erick Kaardal, who is representing churches in Douglas, Wright and Crow Wing counties. "We are going to do our best not to see that happen."

Along with challenging the mask mandate, the federal lawsuit is challenging the governor's executive order limiting the number of people attending services and requiring enforcement of social distancing standards.


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