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August 27, 2021
Travis County Court Grants Temporary Injunction in Favor of Harris County in Mask Mandate Lawsuit

Houston, Texas (August 27, 2021) Today, the Travis County court presiding over Harris County’s mask mandate lawsuit against Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton granted Harris County’s request for a temporary injunction, allowing Harris County to keep in place its mask mandates for schools and County employees.

Harris County Attorney Christian D. Menefee, who represents Harris County in the lawsuit, stated:

“This decision is another important win in reining the Governor in and empowering officials to institute measures to combat the spread of COVID-19, especially in our schools. Governor Abbott is misusing the Texas Disaster Act to make this pandemic worse. We’re not letting up on this fact. And I plan to see this fight through until the Texas Supreme Court reaches a final decision.”

The temporary injunction takes effect immediately. It is expected that the Attorney General will immediately appeal, and the legal battle will continue in the Third Court of Appeals in Austin. 

About the Harris County Attorney’s Office
Christian D. Menefee was elected as County Attorney for Harris County in November 2020. The office represents the largest county in Texas in all civil legal matters, including lawsuits.