In Texas, two different court verdicts have granted the local regulators the authority to put mask mandates in bold disobedience of a directive by Greg Abbott (Texas Governor) restricting local officials from giving such initiatives.
On Tuesday, in Dallas County, a district justice issued a restrictive provisional directive against Greg Abbott’s order, describing that Texans have and will continue to be injured and damaged by the governor’s conduct.
The chief executive of the nation’s governing board of commissioners, Justice Clay Jenkins, had come up with a lawsuit against the Texas governor’s executive directive. On Wednesday, Judge Clay Jenkins, on Twitter, described that he would have a meeting with county emergency regulators with the anticipation of approving an emergency directive mandating face mask-wearing.
Moments ago, I received a copy of The Hon. Tonya Parker’s order enjoining @GovAbbott from stopping local mask requirements here. I’ll get feedback from health,education and business leaders tonight and in the morning with the anticipation of issuing an emergency order tomorrow.
— Clay Jenkins (@JudgeClayJ) August 11, 2021
On Tuesday, in Bexar County, the second decision was handed down, where justice said that the county and San Antonio (its county seat) could implement face mask mandates in public schools and several other public structures. Moreover, the county and city regulators have quickly issued face mask measures after the court’s decision.
The court’s verdicts are part of a mounting number of Coronavirus actions by local regulators to disobey Gov. Greg Abbott’s directive. Earlier this week, the administrators of public schools in Austin and Dallas, the capital of the state, each implemented crucial mask directives for their districts.
The office of Gov. Greg Abbott has released a statement supporting his directive, describing that it is time for the state’s people to take personal responsibility when they have to choose to wear a face mask.
Hospitalizations mounted in Texas
The mounting disapproval to Gov. Greg Abbott’s directive appears as the southwestern American state sees a dramatic rise in novel Coronavirus cases. Furthermore, numbers released by the Texas Tribune show that there were 2.7 million reported COVID-19 infections in 254 counties. Besides this, most of the state’s medical centers are completely occupied or exceeded patient capacity. Houston’s two main hospitals are dealing with a tough situation erecting tents to manage the rush of COVID-19 cases.
Gov. Greg Abbott appealed to the hospitals’ administrations of Texas to voluntarily postpone all elective or non-emergency operations and other medical events to concentrate all of their struggles to handle the surging number of Coronavirus infections. Plus, he even ordered the state agencies to find further medical workers outside of Texas.