CDC’s Walkback Of Mandates Gives Lawyers Exactly What They Needed

( )- The recent change in coronavirus-related guidance by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a vindication to many people who have filed legal challenges to COVID-19 mandates, some lawyers have said.

Yet, some of these lawsuits will still proceed, as the damage has already been done.

Last week, the CDC stripped away many of the long-standing mitigation measures they were suggesting to stop the spread of COVID-19. That includes abandoning a recommendation to test and quarantine for anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 yet are asymptomatic, as well as any of their close contacts; maintaining six feet of “social distance” between others; and giving preferential treatment to people who are vaccinated against the coronavirus.

The CDC is still recommending that people who test positive for COVID wear a “high-quality” mask for 10 days while they go indoors — even at their own homes — regardless of whether they have symptoms, many public and private places have done away with mask mandates altogether. In fact, school districts across the country have completely eliminated mask mandates.

What’s more, the CDC won’t distinguish between people who are vaccinated and those who are not any longer, because “breakthrough infections occur” and also because people who have natural immunity “have some degree of protection against severe illness.”

The author of the CDC’s latest report that included this updated guidance, Greta Massetti, said:

“We’re in a stronger place today as a nation, with more tools — like vaccination, boosters and treatments — to protect ourselves, and our communities, from severe illness from COVID-19.”

This is likely to have a big effect on how people live their day-to-day lives, and the ability of any government, organization or business to try to put new mandates back in place at any point in the future.

The New Civil Liberties Alliance, which has filed multiple lawsuits that have challenged local vaccine mandates, said that in the wake of this updated guidance, they expect some defendants to argue that the case is now moot. But, the alliance says it will still move forward with the suits because damage has already been done.

As Jenin Younes, an attorney for the alliance, emailed to Just the News:

“However, because we argued that their constitutional rights were already violated, and we are seeking recognition of that going forward, the courts should not dismiss the appeals (or cases still pending in lower courts) on mootness grounds.”

There are at least four cases brought by the NCLA that are affected by this. There are two class-action suits regarding federal contractors and federal employees, one against Rhode Island for its mandates to health-care workers, and one against Michigan State University for its mandate to all employees.

Michael Senger, an attorney in another one of NCLA’s cases that was dismissed regarding censorship at Big Tech companies, went off on the CDC after the new guidance was released.

He said that millions of people — students and workers alike — were excluded “from everyday life activities and basic medical care [because of] a differentiation that the CDC now admits does not make sense.”