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.
You can download or view the mask mandate below: