Appeals court sides with Bexar County on mask mandate and more news to know

In published and claiming that: An appellate court says Bexar County can uphold its face mask mandate. Here’s what you need to know.

Chief Justice Rebeca Martinez with the Fourth Court of Appeals ruled that Texas can’t prohibit San Antonio and Bexar County from requiring masks, affirming a lower court’s temporary injunction.

The mask mandate requires face masks to be worn indoors for public offices and in area school districts.

The ruling sided with the lower court’s ruling because it allowed the city and county to “preserve the status quo,” or the current state affairs — communities affected by the pandemic.

Pandemic numbers in the county are falling, so much so that the city and county discontinued its COVID-19 briefings. City officials are still encouraging mask wearing and vaccines to keep numbers low.


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