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Minnesota judge quickly denies legal challenge to youth sports mask mandate


February 9, 2021


Hopkins forward Maya Nnaji (34) guarded Wayzata forward Shannon Fornshell (44) in a Jan. 19 game at Wayzata. Masks have been required since winter sports resumed on Jan. 4.

After holding a hearing in the case three days ago, a federal judge on Monday denied a legal challenge to Minnesota's mandate requiring youth athletes to wear masks in practices and games.

Judge Eric Tostrud, in an order filed in U.S. District Court, denied a request by advocacy group Let Them Play MN for an injunction preventing the state from enforcing the mandate, which has required masks for most youth sports during competition since they resumed on Jan. 4.

Let Them Play sued Gov. Tim Walz in January, citing equal protection and due process violations with the mandate that it claims unfairly single out youth athletes. Walz imposed the mandate as a measure to help limit community spread of the COVID-19 virus.


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