According to a report by the Associated Press, a Federal Judge has ruled Pennsylvania may continue to enforce its mask mandate and perform contact tracing.

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The judge on December 11 ruled against two families who claim the pandemic measures violate their constitutional rights.

The lawsuit claimed masks were a symbol of government oppression and contact tracing is state surveillance and intrusive.

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The AP reports both families say they have removed their children from school, and are avoiding public places where their movements might be documented, because of the state’s pandemic measures.

The judge rejected the families' request for a preliminary injunction against the state.

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