Harris County attorney authorized to challenge Gov. Abbott’s mask mandate ban

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order in May prohibiting local governments from mandating face masks. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order in May prohibiting local governments from mandating face masks. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order in May prohibiting local governments from mandating face masks. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced in an Aug. 10 social media post that Harris County Attorney Christian Menefee had been authorized to take legal action challenging Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order that prohibits local government entities from mandating face masks.

This announcement comes in the wake of multiple area school district leaders discussing mask mandates ahead of the 2021-22 school year despite the governor’s May 18 order, including Houston ISD and Spring ISD.


The county also raised its COVID-19 threat level to red—signifying severe risks for unvaccinated individuals—on Aug. 5 due to rising case counts amid the delta variant.

“I commend everyone—school superintendents, and elected judges alike who are taking whatever steps are needed to protect the lives of the people they serve,” Hidalgo said in the statement. “Protecting the community during an emergency is a duty, not an option for government leaders.”

By Danica Lloyd

Editor, Cy-Fair

Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in 2016. As editor, she continues to cover local government, education, health care, real estate, development, business and transportation in Cy-Fair. Her experience prior to CI includes studying at the Washington Journalism Center and interning at a startup incubator in D.C., serving as editor-in-chief of Union University's student magazine and online newspaper, reporting for The Jackson Sun and freelancing for other publications in Arkansas and Tennessee.



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