Federal suit against the County regarding masks is dropped


Near the end of the June 9 Board of County Commissioners meeting, County Attorney Sylvia Torres asked the commission to accept a settlement in the federal lawsuit brought by five plaintiffs who have medical reasons for being unable to wear facial coverings.

The plaintiffs’ request for an emergency injunction was denied by Judge Mark Walker on June 3, and the plaintiffs have now agreed to drop the lawsuit, with both parties paying their own attorneys’ fees. The commission voted unanimously to accept the settlement.

Raemi Eagle-Glenn, the attorney for the plaintiffs, said, “County Mandatory Masks have taken a toll on the plaintiffs and thousands of others in the county. We are satisfied that our case forced the County to amend the language of their order. This makes it somewhat easier for people who cannot wear masks to access the community. Given that the Supreme Court recently ruled the State of California could ban religious gatherings in a state of emergency, Judge Walker determined the county has emergency authority to infringe upon constitutional liberties like medical privacy and the right to travel.”

  • I sure hope attorney Raemi Eagle-Glenn gets elected to the Alachua County Commission. It will be so nice to have a commissioner who for four years will never once complain about “frivolous lawsuits” against the government.

  • W.H.O. Admits Asymptomatic Spread of Coronavirus is “Very Rare”. This makes wearing face masks and economic lockdowns unnecessary.

    An NIH study on infectivity of asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 carriers — In summary, all the 455 contacts were excluded from SARS-CoV-2 infection and we conclude that the infectivity of some asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 carriers might be weak.

  • The audience deserves an elaboration from the County as to how re-writing of the order has made it easier for the mask-challenged public to engage the community. How can we get the BOCC t spell out the procesure? — “This makes it somewhat easier for people who cannot wear masks to access the community.”

    • The order allows for medical exemptions to the mask mandate. However, businesses are unclear about their responsibilities under the order, so the only recourse for those who are not allowed into businesses would be to sue under the ADA. The County just washed their hands of it, saying it’s not their fault if businesses disallow entry because the order has the exemptions.

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