Austria: Student sues for having to wear a mask in school

Austria: Student sues for having to wear a mask in school
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A 15-year-old high school student in Styria has sued Austria because of the requirement to wear masks in school.

In her lawsuit, she argues that masks do not provide adequate protection from Covid-19 and that the government has not provided enough evidence supporting the mask requirement. 

The student’s lawsuit is supported by a range of coronavirus sceptic organisations, including the Initiative for Evidence-based Corona Information (ICI). 

The ICI are a group made up of sceptics of the federal government’s measures, as well as conspiracy theorists and prominent right-wing extremists, reports Kurier

The lawsuit alleges not only that the government has not provided evidence supporting the need for the measures, but that children and young people are not heavily affected by Covid-19, meaning the requirement is not proportional. 

The student’s lawyer said that wearing mouth and nose protection for several hours had the potential to be harmful, leading to mental and physical impairments. 

Mask refusal relatively rare in schools

Martin Netzer, General Secretary in the Ministry of Education, told Kurier that mask refusals in schools was a rare phenomenon but “there are individual cases which scream very loudly”. 

Teachers union representative Herbert Weiß said the majority of parents were happy with the additional protective measures required in schools. 

 


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