Texas Supreme Court blocks enforcement of Austin dine-in curfew

The Texas Supreme Court has blocked enforcement of the Austin-Travis County’s curfew to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In a January 1st order, the Texas Supreme Court approved Paxton’s petition conditionally and instructed the Third Court of Appeals to relax and block enforcement pending the final decision on the appeal.

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton had filed a lawsuit against the city and county, stating that the dine-in restrictions were not allowed according to instructions from Governor Greg Abbott.

A district judge ruled in favor of the city and county on Thursday, and the Third Appeal Court approved District Judge Amy Clark Meachum and dismissed an appeal from Paxton.

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The legal battle over the curfew between Austin and the state seems far from over

A judge ruled that due to COVID concerns, the city could restrict meal times for bars and restaurants, but that didn’t stop some businesses from staying open. John Krinjak of FOX 7 Austin has the details.

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Austin-Travis County’s restrictions meant that food and beverage businesses had to close for dinner between 10:30 PM and 6:00 AM from December 31 to January 3.

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