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Texas Attorney General sues Austin officials over not lifting mask mandate

/ 08:35 PM March 12, 2021

Texas Attorney General sues Austin officials over not lifting mask mandate

FILE PHOTO: A sign promotes mask-wearing at a bar as the state of Texas prepares to lift its mask mandate and reopen businesses to full capacity during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Houston, Texas, U.S., March 9, 2021. REUTERS/Callaghan O’Hare

The Attorney General for Texas is suing officials in Austin after they refused to enforce an order that ended a statewide mask mandate.

Texas announced the lifting of that restriction which had made mask-wearing compulsory in public buildings and many outdoor spaces to help contain the coronavirus on Wednesday, along with an end to occupancy curbs on businesses.


But the city council in Austin, the state capital, voted to still require masks to be worn.


“I told Travis County & The City of Austin to comply with state mask law. They blew me off. So, once again, I’m dragging them to court,” Attorney General Ken Paxton said on Twitter Thursday.

Austin is located in Travis County.

Several major retailers, grocery, and restaurant chains in Texas have said they would still require masks to be worn in their stores.

That was their right, Paxton said in a letter dated March 10 to Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Travis County Judge Andy Brown.

However, such a decision “does not rest with jurisdictions like the City of Austin or Travis County,” he added.

Adler told MSNBC in an interview on Thursday: “We think that masking is so important. Now is not the time to take a risk. We are not far enough along yet. We are still battling this virus.”


The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is above 500,000, the highest of any single country. Around 20% of the population has received at least one dose of vaccine.

Texas was one of the first U.S. states to reopen its economy after the first wave of the pandemic last May.

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