Riverdale, IL asked in Contracts for Illinois

Q: HS wants us 2 sign contract releasing them of all harm from Covid 4 dance but won’t promise mask enforcement incontract

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Ana M. McNamara
Ana M. McNamara
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: The school has no obligation to allow students into the dance without first obtaining a release relating to Covid. Since they are hosting a gathering, no doubt their attorneys recommended releases to be signed as a condition of attendance. However, as much as some school officials may want to, the school cannot physically force someone to wear a mask. Your question does not indicate so, but presumably the school will be requiring or requesting participants to wear masks. Unfortunately, this is an emerging area of law the Supreme Court has not yet addressed. Since you have no legal standing to require the school to enforce a mask mandate, and no doubt school officials (as individuals) disagree on masks, your best bet is to avoid large gatherings where you see people are not wearing masks.

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