Lawsuit filed challenging Minnesota’s pause on youth sports

Lawsuit filed challenging Minnesota’s pause on youth sports Photo: KSTP.

Updated: December 10, 2020 05:09 PM
Created: December 10, 2020 04:18 PM

A lawsuit has been filed in federal court challenging the pause Gov. Tim Walz put on youth sports to combat the spread of COVID-19.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday, names Walz, Attorney General Keith Ellison, Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm and a number of other state officials as defendants. 

The suit was filed by an organization called Let Them Play MN. 

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Attorneys representing Let Them Play MN argue that the state is “lacking substance and evidentiary support for their ban.” 

The lawsuit also claims the executive order prohibits the opportunity for the public to protest Walz’s decision. 

Walz issued an executive order last month which suspended youth and adult sports, closed in-person dining at restaurants and bars and closed gyms.

The governor is expected to announce whether or not he will extend the order Monday.

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