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Iowa's ban on mask mandates will not go back into effect after eighth circuit court ruling

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks during a news conference about an update on the state's response to the new coronavirus outbreak, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Posted at 12:24 PM, Jan 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-25 15:56:11-05

UPDATE: 1/25/2022 2:54

The United States Court of Appeals Eighth Circuit ruled on Tuesday that the plaintiffs' case against Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds related to the governor's ban on school mask mandates was too broad. The result is that the ban on mask mandates in public schools will not go back into effect. Instead, districts can enforce the mandate if they so chose.

According to the ruling, mask requirements are reasonable accommodations under the ADA and the Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act required to protect the rights of plaintiffs' children.

The plaintiffs will need to narrow the scope of their lawsuit, according to court documents, to only include the schools attended by the plaintiffs' children. The case will go back to the district court, which is asked to revise the injunction.

A summary provided by the Clerk of Court for the eighth circuit explained: "...the injunction sweeps too broadly, and the matter is remanded to the district court to enter a tailored injunction that prohibits defendants from preventing or delaying reasonable accommodation and ensures that plaintiffs' schools may provide such reasonable accommodation."

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