EL PASO, Texas — The El Paso Department of Public Health and the City Attorney’s Office held a media briefing Wednesday afternoon on the local face mask mandate as well as a court-issued restraining order that blocks Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s prohibition of the El Paso order. (You can watch it in the video player above.)
El Paso Public Health Authority Hector Ocaranza implemented a mask requirement for indoor establishments, including schools, that took effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.
During an emergency El Paso City Council meeting earlier this week, council members approved a city legal challenge to Abbott’s executive order that banned local governments from imposing mask rules.
Late Tuesday night, a judge agreed with the city’s position, ruling that Ocaranza has the authority to protect the El Paso community despite Abbott’s fight against local restrictions.
In issuing a temporary restraining order against the governor, the judge also found that Abbott had “exceeded his authority.”
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