Supreme Court Ruling Sends Mixed Message on Mask Mandate

By Craig Bannister | January 13, 2022 | 3:00pm EST
Pres. Joe Biden

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked President Joe Biden’s pandemic-related vaccination-or-testing mandate for large businesses, Reuters reports.

Vaccine mandates for many health care workers are still permitted under the court’s ruling, according to the Associated Press.

The ruling sends a mixed message about COVID mandates, Forbes explains, noting that the Supreme Court actually enforces a COVID-test mandate:

“The Supreme Court itself requires all attorneys to test negative for Covid-19 before they appear before it, and all nine justices are fully vaccinated and boosted. Two of the lawyers who argued against the mandates, Ohio Solicitor General Benjamin Flower and Louisiana Solicitor General Liz Murrill, participated remotely in Friday’s oral arguments because they tested positive for Covid-19.”

The workplace would have threatened the jobs of nearly 80 million U.S. employees, forcing them to either get vaccinated or submit to daily masking and weekly testing requirements NBC News notes:

“The workplace rule, announced last fall by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, required companies with 100 or more employees to ensure that their workers either get vaccinated or wear masks and show negative Covid test results at least once a week.”

Many conservatives are voicing wholehearted approve of the decision.

“The Biden regime loses again at the Supreme Court!” Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) cheered on Twitter.

“BIDEN'S WORKPLACE MANDATE IS DEAD: Supreme Court says OSHA Mandate exceeds "OSHA's statutory authority and is otherwise unlawful" It's a terrible day to be a tyrant. God Bless the Supreme Court,” tweeted Turning Point USA President Charlie Kirk.

“This is about freedom. Another blow to Biden's Marxist agenda,” Media Research Center President Brent Bozell tweeted, embedding a video clip Fox News reporting on the decision.

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