A Cole County judge rules that local health orders imposed to slow the spread of COVID-19 are illegal and should be abolished.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that last week, Judge Daniel Green ruled that orders from state and local health officials violate the separation of powers clause in the Missouri Constitution. That would include quarantines, business closures and mask mandates. Green said health department regulations cannot abolish representative government when it comes to creating public health laws or authorize the closure of a school based on the “unfettered opinion of an unelected official.”
Green said all existing health orders issued by local health officials are null and void.
The ruling is the result of a lawsuit filed in 2020, when St. Louis City, St. Louis County and other jurisdictions issued health mandates, during the height of the pandemic.