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Springfield woman sues over mask mandate: 'Not my responsibility'

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Posted at 10:22 AM, Jul 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-24 11:36:01-04

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Springfield, Missouri, woman is suing the city over its decision to require face coverings, saying the health of others "is not my responsibility."

The Springfield News-Leader reports that Rachel Shelton said at a news conference Thursday that she is asking the court to temporarily stop an ordinance from going into effect. She also wants the court to rule that the law violates her rights.

Springfield, Missouri's third-largest city, is among several jurisdictions in the state that have begun requiring face coverings in many public places due to a spike in coronavirus cases.

On Thursday, Missouri had 39,673 confirmed COVID-19 patients in the state, including 1,214 deaths.