Group files lawsuit seeking to block youth sports mask mandate

Group files lawsuit seeking to block youth sports mask mandate Photo: KSTP.

Kyle Brown
Created: January 20, 2021 06:33 AM

A group of parents, coaches and athletes are suing in hopes of temporarily blocking COVID-19 restrictions on youth sports.

Let Them Play MN filed a motion in federal court on Tuesday, particularly seeking to block Gov. Tim Walz's mask mandate and any further restrictions on youth athletes. The lawsuit claims the mandate is biased because it does not apply to college or professional sports and that there is evidence that masks could actually be harmful to athletes' health while they're playing.

Those cited health risks include reduced visibility that could lead to an increase in injury and a physician's claim that masks could hinder respiratory function. 

Dr. Robyn Knutson Bueling, a family medicine expert, previously told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS there is no evidence that masks reduce aerobic performance, but they could reduce someone's perception of shortness of breath. However, Bueling did back up the claim that masks could reduce athletes' field of vision.

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