District court upholds Fort Bend County's mask mandate

The injunction upholds Fort Bend County's mask mandate issued Aug. 11. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
The injunction upholds Fort Bend County's mask mandate issued Aug. 11. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The injunction upholds Fort Bend County's mask mandate issued Aug. 11. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Judge Christian Becerra of the 268th District Court upheld Fort Bend County’s order requiring face masks in county buildings yesterday, according to an Aug. 19 news release from the county.

Fort Bend County Judge KP George issued a mask mandate Aug. 11 requiring all employees of county facilities, including public schools, and visitors under the age of 2 to wear a face covering. The order went into effect Aug. 13, two days after Fort Bend ISD’s first day of school.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order on July 29 prohibiting governmental entities from mandating masks. Judge O’Neil Williams of the 434th District Court granted a temporary restraining order for the county to allow the mask mandate to take place, according to the Fort Bend County news release. The Aug. 19 injunction denies Abbott’s appeal against the temporary restraining order, according to the county’s press release.

At a news conference Aug. 20, George said while the injunction is highly likely to be appealed in a higher court, the county will continue to fight Abbott’s order prohibiting mask mandates.

“I am committed to seeing this through to the end. And I will not be moved from my decision to listen to our health officials,” George said.



Face coverings are optional but highly recommended in both Fort Bend ISD and Katy ISD schools, according to the districts’ health and safety policies for the 2021-22 school year.

George said local authorities, including the school districts, will still have the power to decide whether or not to issue mask mandates at the Aug. 20 news conference.

“I strongly believe they will do the right thing by mandating the face covering,” he said.



MOST RECENT

 Redistricting is one of the items on the Texas Legislature's third special session, and the state Senate released proposed maps on Sept. 18. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas Senate releases proposed redistricting maps as special session begins

Redistricting is one of the items on the third special session, and the state Senate released proposed maps on Sept. 18.

Many restaurants in Katy offer deals on free or discounted kids' meals. (Photo courtesy Canva)
Check out these Kid's Eat Free options in the Katy area

Check out this list of Katy restaurants offering deals on kids meals.

Texas Medical Center coronavirus updates: Daily average hospitalizations drop 15% week over week; ICU sees dip in number of patients

Coronavirus patients at TMC hospitals number 2,107, which in itself is an 11% week over week decline.

Briar Forest Plaza has been sold in an off-market transaction. (Courtesy NewQuest Properties)
Briar Forest Plaza near Katy acquired in off-market sale

Briar Forest Plaza has been sold in an off-market transaction.

barbecue meats
Brett's BBQ Shop coming soon to Katy Boardwalk

The current location at 606 South Mason Road will transition into a new concept incorporating Brett’s BBQ fare.

Forest Park Southwest Cemetery will open in west Houston in late spring 2022. (Courtesy Service Corporation International)
Forest Park Southwest Cemetery to serve Katy, Sugar Land, Missouri City beginning in 2022

The more than 50-acre cemetery will be located at FM 359 and Settegast Ranch Road in Richmond.

The 9,742-square-foot school will have a student capacity of 162 with nine classrooms, an indoor gym and two shaded playgrounds. (Courtesy The Goddard School)
The Goddard School to open new Katy location

The 9,742-square-foot school will have a student capacity of 162 with nine classrooms, an indoor gym and two shaded playgrounds.

Bliss Boba sells banh mi sandwiches as well as boba tea, smoothies and other specialty drinks. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Bliss Boba opens in Katy

Bliss Boba sells banh mi sandwiches as well as boba tea, smoothies and other specialty drinks.

graphic
DATA: How population changed in Texas counties between census counts in 2010, 2020

Texas added nearly four million people between 2010 and 2020, according to the latest Census data.

fruit and vegetables on a table
5 Katy events to attend this weekend, Sept. 17-19

Looking for something to do in Katy this weekend? Check out the weekend guide.

Texas-wide public charter school system Harmony Public Schools will offer a full virtual learning option for eligible students. (Courtesy Harmony Public Schools)
Harmony Public Schools will offer virtual learning for K-12 students in Houston, Katy, Sugar Land, Cypress

Schools under the Harmony Public Schools umbrella may offer up to 10% of its student body a full virtual learning option.