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Texas governor files legal challenge to end Dallas County mask mandate

Texas Governor Greg Abbott and state Attorney General Ken Paxton on Wednesday filed a petition to halt a decide’s order requiring face masks inside colleges and companies in Dallas County. The order was signed regardless of Abbott beforehand banning authorities entities and officers from implementing mask mandates in Texas.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins on Wednesday signed an order requiring public colleges, little one care facilities and companies in Dallas County to develop well being and security plans that embody, at minimal, face mask necessities for workers and guests, CBS Dallas-Fort Worth reports. Jenkins cited rising COVID-19 circumstances and hospitalizations because the reasoning behind the mask mandate.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has simply issued a brand new mask order that requires facial coverings inside colleges, some companies, and all authorities buildings due to the rise in COVID-19 circumstances. pic.twitter.com/o6yskNNQjE

— J.D. Miles (@jdmiles11) August 11, 2021

Earlier this week, Jenkins sued Abbott over the manager order banning mask mandates. District Judge Tonya Parker on Tuesday night time issued a brief injunction halting the order, CBS DFW reports.

On Wednesday, Abbott and Paxton filed a petition saying Jenkins’ order violates the earlier ban on mask mandates.

“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,” Abbott said Wednesday. “The path forward relies on personal responsibility — not government mandates.”

A listening to on the short-term injunction in opposition to the ban on mask mandates is scheduled for August 24.

Texas has just lately seen a surge in COVID-19 circumstances and hospitalizations. According to the state’s well being division, Texas is averaging round 14,000 new circumstances per week and roughly 60 deaths per week, almost triple the variety of deaths per week from one month in the past.