UPDATE: Judge allows city of El Paso’s mask mandate to continue


EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — UPDATE: On Thursday, a judge granted the city of El Paso’s request for a temporary injunction against Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s mask mandate ban.

This allows the city/county health authority’s indoor mask mandate to be reinstated at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday.

Abbott and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton are expected to appeal the temporary injunction.

The judge has set a trial on the matter for Oct. 7.

A judge will make a decision at 3:30 p.m. Thursday after hearing arguments in the morning from attorneys representing the city of El Paso and the Texas Attorney General’s Office.

County Court at Law Judge Ruben Morales will rule on the case.

The city is requesting a temporary injunction to block Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order GA-38, which bans the local governments from instituting their own mask mandates, including school districts.

Last week, Morales granted a temporary restraining order that allowed El Paso County Health Authority Dr. Hector Ocaranza to implement mask mandates at city-owned properties and in schools.

The decision can be watched at 3:30 p.m. in the player below:

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