IN THE PRESS

Media coverage of the Remove Politics from Public Health Rally - January 29, 2022

Photos courtesy of MLBuck Productions

by Brian Mullahy, KUTV | Friday, August 27th 2021

Nearly a week after Salt Lake Mayor Erin Mendenhall issued a controversial public health order mandating masks in K-12 city schools, both sides of the mask mandate divide expressed disappointment on Thursday over what has happened since.

By: Ben Winslow

Posted at 5:25 PM, Aug 27, 2021 and last updated 5:25 PM, Aug 27, 2021

A group of parents suing the state and Salt Lake County over restrictions on mask mandates in schools is asking a judge to grant a restraining order.
If granted by the judge, the order would effectively block Utah's laws prohibiting mask mandates.

By Annie Knox, KSL.com | Posted - Aug. 24, 2021 at 6:12 a.m.

The families suing to overturn a ban on mask mandates in Utah schools are wading into largely uncharted legal waters

KUER 90.1 | By Jon Reed | Published August 23, 2021 at 6:01 PM MDT

Jessica Pyper, a mother of two kids, spoke at a press conference Monday. She said the choice by elected leaders to prohibit mask mandates robbed her family and other at-risk Utahns of their choice to attend school in-person.

BY REBECCA KLAPPER ON 8/23/21 AT 3:41 PM EDT

A group of Utah parents filed a lawsuit Monday challenging the ban on mask mandates at schools as the Grand County School District is remains the only district in the state to have overcome the legal issues to require masks at its schools, the Associated Press reported.

By Associated Press | Aug. 23, 2021, at 6:32 p.m.

A ban on school districts requiring masks is forcing parents of vulnerable kids to wrestle with the painful choice of whether to risk coronavirus infections at school or keep them at home yet again, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in Utah.

Alison Durkee | Forbes Staff | Business

A group of Utah parents sued the state Monday in an attempt to overturn its severe restrictions on school mask mandates, marking the seventh of nine states that banned school mask orders and now face legal action as a new school year gets underway and opposition against the mask restrictions grows.

By Courtney Tanner | Aug. 23, 2021, 12:39 p.m. | Updated: 5:07 p.m.

A group of Utah parents is suing the state for its ban on school districts enacting their own mask mandates — which they say leaves kids “unnecessarily unprotected and at-risk” from COVID-19 in the classroom.

By Marjorie Cortez | @DN_Marjorie | Aug 23, 2021, 12:57pm MDT

Ashley Weitz, right, who is among a group of parent plaintiffs who are calling into question the constitutionality of laws limiting schools’ capacity to safely serve students during an ongoing pandemic, poses for photos with her child, Ezra, 7, in Salt Lake City on Friday, Aug. 20, 2021.

By: Ben Winslow 

Posted at 11:59 AM, Aug 23, 2021 and last updated 5:16 PM, Aug 23, 2021

A lawsuit has been filed against the state of Utah and Salt Lake County over restrictions on mask requirements in schools.

FOX 13 was the first to report on the lawsuit ahead of its filing Monday. The litigation argues that two big bills the legislature passed — House Bill 1007 and Senate Bill 195 — violate the rights of at-risk children in Utah to access a free education under the state constitution. Governor Spencer Cox, Lt. Governor Deidre Henderson, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and Salt Lake County are being named in the lawsuit (the Utah State Legislature itself cannot be sued) in their official capacities.

by Jared Turner, KUTV | Monday, August 23rd 2021

A lawsuit has been filed in Utah’s Third District Court challenging new laws passed by the state legislature that limit schools’ abilities to require masks in schools.

BY DAN RASCON, KSL TV | AUGUST 23, 2021 AT 6:12 PM | UPDATED: AUGUST 23, 2021 AT 8:39 PM

A newly-formed organization has filed a lawsuit against the state of Utah and Salt Lake County, saying lawmakers have no right deciding if children should be wearing mask in schools.

By Marjorie Cortez | @DN_Marjorie | Aug 6, 2021, 6:07pm MDT

From a rally of parents outside the offices of the Utah State Board of Education on Friday to the Salt Lake County Board of Health’s letter to county leaders, there are new calls urging Utah officials to require masks for elementary school-age children.

By Courtney Tanner | Aug. 6, 2021, 5:08 p.m. | Updated: 8:57 p.m.

The parents are calling on the Utah Legislature to drop their ban that prohibits schools from requiring masks.

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | Updated - Aug. 5, 2021 at 1:35 p.m. | Posted - Aug. 5, 2021 at 12:39 p.m.

Although there's no school mask mandate in place, Salt Lake County health officials continue to work with school superintendents and other stakeholders to make sure kids are safe when they return to classrooms in a few weeks.

by Cristina Flores, KUTV | Monday, August 9th 2021

A group of Salt Lake County parents who have called themselves Concerned Citizens, wrote a letter to the Salt Lake County council, asking them to support a mask mandate for schools, should the director of the Salt Lake County Health Department seek one.