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El Paso’s mask mandate put on hold by appeals court

EL PASO, Texas — A state appeals court ruling late Thursday set aside El Paso’s Health Authority order requiring the wearing of face masks at public indoor venues.

The Eighth Court of Appeals in El Paso put the mask mandate on hold until it can decide an appeal of that order.

State Attorney General Ken Paxton sued to overturn the order arguing that it usurps the governor’s authority. Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order prohibiting local governments from imposing mask rules or other restrictions.

A lower court had decided in favor of Health Authority Dr. Hector Ocaranza’s Sept. 4 order and said the governor didn’t have the power under state law to block the local health requirement.

Jim Parker

Jim Parker is the Director of Digital Content for ABC-7.



  1. This is ridiculous. How many times is El Paso going to play these childish games. Grow up and do things that help the city. Help get commerce rolling. Promote job openings around the city.

  2. Most people are going to still wear them out of respect for their neighbors, friends, and co-workers. We’re fortunate here in El Paso as we aren’t plagued with ignorant white trash like many parts of the state.

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