Monday, October 3, 2022

Two Texas judges put a stay on the mask order against the governor’s order

Two separate court rulings in Texas have empowered local officials to enforce face mask mandates in defiance of an order from Governor Greg Abbott prohibiting local governments from issuing such initiatives.

A district judge in Dallas County on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order against the governor’s order, saying Texans “will continue to be damaged and injured by Governor Abbott’s conduct.”

The lawsuit against Abbott’s executive order was filed by Justice Clay Jenkins, chief executive of the county’s governing board of commissioners. Jenkins said on Twitter that he would meet with county emergency officials on Wednesday in anticipation of issuing an emergency order for the wearing of masks.

Another decision was also delivered Tuesday in Bexar County, where a judge ruled that the county and San Antonio, its county seat, could mandate face coverings in public schools and other public buildings. County and city officials issued a mask mandate shortly after the court’s decision.

There is an increasing number of actions taken by local officials in defiance of Abbott’s order. The superintendents of public schools in the state capital Dallas and Austin earlier this week ordered mandatory face masks for their districts.

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Abbott’s office has issued a statement defending his order, saying it is time for Texans to take “personal responsibility” when it comes to wearing masks.

Growing opposition to Abbott’s order comes as the southwestern US state faces a dramatic surge of new COVID-19 infections. Figures published by The Texas Tribune showed there were 2.7 million confirmed cases in 254 counties. Many hospitals across the state have either reached or exceeded patient capacity, with two major hospitals in Houston setting up tents to handle the overflow of coronavirus patients.

Abbott has called on hospitals across the state to voluntarily delay all elective, or non-emergency, surgeries and medical procedures to focus all their efforts on treating the growing number of COVID-19 patients. He is also directing the state agencies to look for additional medical personnel outside the state.

Meanwhile in Florida, the Broward County school board voted Tuesday to uphold its face mask mandate in defiance of Governor Ron DeSantis, who called on school districts to withhold funds and withhold salaries of local superintendents and school board members. Threatened, those who go against his orders. Mandate. Like Texas, the southeastern state is struggling to cope with a surge of coronavirus patients, with more than 45% of intensive care beds in Florida hospitals filled with COVID-19 patients, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. Huh.

Unlike Abbott or DeSantis, the governors of Oregon and Hawaii are imposing restrictions to blunt the spread of the more contagious Delta version of COVID-19.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown will issue an executive order on Wednesday asking everyone to return wearing a face mask indoors, regardless of their vaccination status. And Hawaii Governor David Ige issued an order limiting bars, restaurants and gyms to 50% capacity, requiring patrons to wear masks at all times except when eating and drinking.

Governor Ige also ordered that all social gatherings should not exceed 25 people indoors and out.

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