Austin, Travis County Mask Mandate To Remain After Judge Delays Hearing Over Ken Paxton’s Lawsuit – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The city of Austin and Travis Counties have won a lawsuit with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton over continued face mask claims for the time being.
Paxton had a threat Thursday when he filed a lawsuit against the city and county. He said their local order violates Governor Greg Abbott’s executive order that lifted the nationwide mask mandate on Wednesday.
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CBS Austin reports that Judge Lora Livingston denied Paxton’s injunction on Friday after saying the defendants did not have enough time to prepare for a hearing. The hearing is now scheduled for March 26th.
In the meantime, the local mask mandate will remain in place until the hearing.
“Good news! We learned this morning that Austin’s masking rules will remain in effect for the next two weeks. We’ll return to court on March 26th. Whatever happens, we will continue to be guided by doctors and data. Austin Mayor Steve Adler said on Twitter.
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Good news! We learned this morning that Austin’s masking rules will remain in effect for the next two weeks. We will return to court on March 26th.
No matter what happens then, we will continue to be guided by doctors and data. Masking works. #MaskUpATX pic.twitter.com/tD4Gn6xPpk
– Mayor Adler | ???? Wear a mask. (@MayorAdler) March 12, 2021
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Both Adler and Travis County Judge Andy Brown disapproved of Abbott’s revocation of the statewide mask mandate.