“Order to wear masks ‘pushed me over the edge’”
“A Stamford attorney has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Ned Lamont contending that the governor’s response to COVID-19 infringes on individual liberties.
In his lawsuit, Lindy Urso, a Greenwich resident, challenges Lamont’s executive order requiring residents to wear face coverings in public spaces where “close contact is unavoidable.” The measure, which Lamont announced Friday, is slated to take effect at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
The order is intended to “[build] upon [Lamont’s] efforts to encourage mitigation strategies that slow down transmission of the virus,” according to a press release.”
Max Reiss, a spokesman for the governor, said Lamont would not comment on Urso’s lawsuit.
Urso, who has a history of vehemently opposing legislation that would require vaccinations among school-bound children, provided a copy of the lawsuit to Hearst Connecticut Media. He filed it in federal court on Saturday and is the sole plaintiff, he said.
Overall, Urso disapproves of the state shutdown, he said.
“This measure [the masks order] has pushed me over the edge because I don’t wear a mask and I don’t think I should be forced to wear a mask,” he said.
The lawsuit alleges that Lamont’s executive orders represent “ever-increasing encroachments” to “individual freedoms and liberties” and demands that Connecticut District Court rule the mask order unconstitutional.”