Health Authority issues countywide mask mandate for all indoor facilities

El Paso News

El Paso, Texas (KTSM) — The city of El Paso has been granted a temporary restraining order against Texas Gov. Greg Abbott that would support the Local City-County Health Authority’s proposal to issue a mask mandate for all indoor facilities.

The Local Health Authority Order will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021.

City-County Health Authority Dr. Hector Ocaranza issued a countywide mask mandate for all indoor facilities, which would include the following:

  • All individuals over the age of two (2), are to wear some form of face covering over their nose and mouth, while in indoor spaces.
  • A face covering may include a variety of options.
  • Parents and guardians of children over the age of two (2) and under the age of ten (10) shall be responsible for appropriately masking children when outside their residence.
  • A face covering is not required on anyone who has trouble breathing, has a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering, or is actively exercising indoors and not within 6 feet of any other individual not from the same household.
  • A person is not required to wear a face covering while the person is consuming food or drink.
  • Wearing a face covering is not a substitute for the COVID-19 vaccination, for maintaining 6-feet social distancing and handwashing, as these remain important steps to slowing the spread of the virus.

On Monday, the El Paso City Council voted 5-to-3 to file a lawsuit against Abbott that would support local protective measures.

County Court at Law #7 Judge Ruben Morales granted the city’s petition, which was filed Tuesday. The court issued a Temporary Restraining Order finding that GA-38 exceeds the governor’s authority under the Texas Disaster Act of 1975.

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