ANOTHER MANDATE STRUCK DOWN: Abbott Wins Big, Exec Order Banning Mask Mandates Upheld

Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX) will have his ban on mask mandates reinstated after the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals halted a previous injunction.

According to Dallas News, “Federal Judge Lee Yeakel decided in November that Abbott’s order banning such mandates in schools violated the rights of students with disabilities, opening a path for districts to put in place face-covering requirements to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.”

“But the 5th Circuit judges halted the injunction in response to an appeal from Attorney General Ken Paxton.”

Abbott shared the news on Twitter.

“GREAT NEWS: My Executive Order banning mask mandates by gov’t entities is LAW. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has granted Texas’ motion to stay a lower judge’s ruling. Thanks @KenPaxtonTX.”

The decision will affect 5 million students in more than 1,000 school districts.