On Thursday, a Dallas County judge overruled Texas Governor Greg Abbott's ban on mask mandates, claiming that such a policy is in violation of the county's ability to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
The judge is completely in the wrong though, considering wearing a mask, along with taking the COVID-19 vaccine, boils down to personal heath decisions that shouldn't be mandated and enforced by the government.
The Hill reports:
Judge Tonya Parker sided with Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins on Wednesday, issuing a temporary injunction against Abbott’s ban on mask mandates, The Dallas Morning News reported.
The move will allow Jenkins’s mask order, in addition to similar policies in other local school districts, to remain in place for the time being.
Jenkins will now have the ability to issue penalties to individuals who do not comply with the county’s policy, which requires that masks are worn in businesses, schools and county-owned buildings, according to The Dallas Morning News.
Parker wrote in the ruling that Jenkins proved that Dallas County residents “will suffer probable imminent and irreparable injury through County Judge Jenkins being precluded from exercising his authority” to mandate masks in public, ABC 8 WFAA reported.
The injunction is only temporary though, and will likely head to the Fifth Court of Appeals in Dallas before heading to the Texas Supreme Court so that a final ruling can be made.
Abbott's office released a statement claiming that they believe the state attorney general will stand by his executive order: “The Office of the Attorney General has successfully defended the Governor’s executive orders in the past, and we are confident they will do so again."
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