Austin — A judge in the US District Court refused to give Texas an urgent temporary injunction on Friday. This means that mask orders from Austin and Travis County will be valid for at least two more weeks.
This is not a final decision, and judges may choose to uphold the state even after hearing more debate. Judge Lora Livingston said he wanted more time for each side to insist. She held another hearing on March 26th.
However, this means that Austin and Travis County will be able to enforce their mask obligations throughout the spring break starting this weekend. Travis County Judge Andy Brown tweeted shortly after the judge’s decision.
Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order to end state-wide Maskmandate on March 10 and resume Texas operations at 100% capacity. The order dismissed the local ordinance, but Austin and Travis County refused to comply, saying they did so under the guidance of their health official, Dr. Mark Escott.
Attorney General Ken Paxton then appealed to support the liberal-led executive order of the conservative governor of Texas.
Paxton has not commented on the incident in the media, but has commented on Twitter several times on Thursday. “I told Travis County and the City of Austin to comply with the state’s mask law. They blew me away. So again, I’m dragging them to court.”
As of noon Thursday, he hadn’t tweeted according to the judge’s decision.
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