(April 02, 2021) - A new regulation which will require regular Covid testing for high school athletes is under court challenge.

The suit, filed in Michigan's Court of Claims on Thursday, seeks to nullify the requirements adopted to safely resume high school sports activities.

Several parents are involved in the suit, along with a group which calls itself "Let Them Play Michigan." The suit alleges that the state order was not issued in compliance with procedural requirements, and that it is "arbitrary and capricious," and that it violates due process rights.

The plaintiffs claim that athletes who prefer not to be tested "have suffered an intangible injury from being forced to comply." The suit also challenges contact-tracing and quarantine rules included in the guidance.

Michigan's Chief Medical Executive, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun has said that antigen testing is a feasible and safe way to reopen high school athletic activities, and "a way that we will be able to identify cases as quickly as possible and not have more outbreaks amongst our sports teams."

The plaintiffs are seeking an emergency restraining order while the Court studies the suit.

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