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Texas judge blocks Abbott’s restriction on mask mandates

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A sign requiring mask use is seen outside of a store.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- A Texas district judge granted the city of San Antonio and Bexar County a temporary restraining order, blocking Gov. Greg Abbott’s restriction on localities imposing mask mandates.

On Tuesday, Judge Antonia Arteaga made the ruling following almost an hour of arguments from attorneys. Arteaga said she did not take her decision lightly, citing the start of the school year and public guidance given by Dr. Junda Woo, medical director of San Antonio’s Metropolitan Health District, concerning the need for masks in public schools as the highly contagious delta variant contributes to a surge in coronavirus cases across the state.

The decision is temporary, pending a hearing on an injunction set for next Monday.

The city of San Antonio and Bexar County sued Gov. Abbott over his May executive order blocking local officials and school districts from forcing mask mandates.

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