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Pittsburgh Port Authority’s Ban on Political Covid Masks Halted

Jan. 20, 2021, 3:58 PM

The Allegheny County Port Authority’s ban on its employees wearing Covid-19 facemasks with political messages, including support for the Black Lives Matter movement, is likely unconstitutional and will be put on hold, a federal court in Pennsylvania said.

The port authority prohibits its employees from wearing uniform adornments like buttons and stickers with “political or social-protest” messages. In 2020 it began directing employees to wear face masks in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Several employees wore masks displaying the “Black Lives Matter” slogan. One employee complained, asking port authority management how it would feel if he wore a “White Lives...

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