The Texas Supreme Court ruled on Sunday that Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s ban against local mask mandates can stand, allowing a win over local areas that have sought to defy the ban.
A Friday ruling by a Texas district court temporarily blocked Abbott’s executive order. Some of the state’s largest counties then sought to enforce mask mandates.
“The ban doesn’t prohibit using masks,” Abbott tweeted. “Anyone who wants to wear a mask can do so, including in schools.”
BREAKING: The Texas Supreme Court imposes a temporary halt to lower court decisions that overruled the State ban on mask mandates.
The ban doesn’t prohibit using masks. Anyone who wants to wear a mask can do so, including in schools.https://t.co/QeVipZMPWH
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) August 15, 2021
Some areas continue to oppose the ban. At least one court hearing will take place in San Antonio on Monday, with others likely to follow.
Abbott announced on Aug. 11 he would take any school district or university to court that sought to enforce a mask mandate.
Any school district, public university, or local government official that decides to defy GA-38—which prohibits gov’t entities from mandating masks—will be taken to court.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) August 11, 2021
The battle over masks will certainly continue, but many conservatives are pleased to see a ruling in favor of freedom, despite push back from some parts of Texas.