Aug 13, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Texas judge allows county to temporarily defy Gov. Abbott's mask ban

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

Gov. Greg Abbott. Photo: Pool/Getty Images

A Texas district judge granted Harris County’s request for a temporary order that prevents the enforcement of Gov. Greg Abbott's recent executive order banning face masks mandates in public schools, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Why it matters: The order allows the county to temporarily enforce mask mandates for students and school faculty as COVID cases continue to tick up throughout Houston.

The big picture: Abbott threatened to take school districts, public universities and and local governments to court if they defied his mask ban.

  • A judge granted two school districts in Dallas and Bexar counties the temporary power to require masks despite Abbott's order.

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