Texas Supreme Court backs Governor Abbott’s ban on local mask mandates

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The Texas Supreme Court ruled on Sunday to uphold Governor Greg Abbott’s order against mask mandates. This is a victory for the governor after a number of local entities attempted to disobey him.

The Supreme Court’s decision invalidated district court judges’ temporary restraining orders. The orders, which were upheld by intermediate appellate courts on Friday, allowed local governments to temporarily suspend the state mask requirement ban, the Austin American-Statesman reports.

The Friday rulings allowed Texas’ four most populous counties — Harris, Dallas, Bexar, and Travis — to temporarily enforce mask mandates, but the Texas Supreme Court has now blocked them.

On Twitter, Abbott, who issued the executive order opposing mask requirements on July 29, celebrated the Supreme Court decision. He argued that his order does not prevent those who want to take protective measures from doing so.

In a statement last week, Abbott criticized government mandates, saying “the path forward relies on personal responsibility. 

He added, “The State of Texas will continue to vigorously fight the temporary restraining order to protect the rights and freedoms of all Texans.”

But some local entities have already pushed back on the high Texas court ruling, including the Dallas Independent School District, the second-largest school district in the state, and the Crowley Independent School District, according to reports from CBS 11 DFW.

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