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Judge Deciding Fate of New St. Louis County Mask Mandate

Αssociated Press

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page listens to Angelina Isaac criticize the mask mandate during public comments during a St. Louis County Council meeting on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Clayton, Mo. (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

LAYTON, Mo. — People in Missouri's St. Louis County will not be required to wear masks for at least two more weeks, after a judge issued a temporary restraining order against a mask mandate imposed last month.

Circuit Judge Ellen “Nellie” Ribaudo on Tuesday sided with state Attorney General Eric Schmitt, who sued seeking to stop the mask mandate issued by St. Louis County Executive Sam Page and county health officials. A hearing has been set for Aug. 17.

The St. Louis County Council voted last week to rescind the mandate, but Page insisted it remained in effect.

Ribaduo said in her ruling the state is likely to prevail in its argument that the law gives the county council the authority to terminate the mask requirement issued by health officials.