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In its ruling of 21 June 2021, the Solothurn Administrative Court overturns the compulsory masking requirement at primary schools for the entire compulsory school period.
The Covid 19 regulation of the Federal Council does not provide for a mask wearing obligation at all, the judges said. The order of the elementary school board to wear masks was not lawfully opened; the board had no authority to do so.
The association "Kinder atmen auf" (Children breathe a sigh of relief) initially approached the Cantonal Department of Education and Culture without success. Government councillor Remo Ankli did not consider it necessary to address the content of the parents' arguments. Instead of addressing the harmfulness of masks, he put forward the alleged threat of quarantine and viral mutations.
This ruling is likely to have a signal effect for other cantons. A similar ruling has already been issued by the Administrative Court of the Canton of Zurich.
The verdicts carry particular weight due to a meta-study that has just been published in the "International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health". The German researchers evaluated more than 100 studies that dealt with the possible negative effects of wearing masks. The impairments are serious and range from breathing problems, headaches and concentration disorders to skin irritations and cardiovascular problems. The findings of first author Kai Kisielinski, an emergency medicine physician and specialist in orthopedics and trauma surgery, and his colleagues: "According to the literature found, there are clear, scientifically recorded, adverse effects of mouth-to-nose protection for the mask wearer on psychological as well as social and physical levels."
At the same time, there is a lack of clear evidence for a protective effect of masks against viral infections.