On Sunday, the Texas Supreme Court temporarily halted lower court rulings that allowed local government entities and school districts to implement mask mandates in defiance of an order from Governor Greg Abbott.
Sunday’s ruling affects Dallas and Bexar Counties. Both counties have reinstated some form of mask mandate in recent days. Governor Abbott had previously signed an executive order that banned schools and local governments from requiring masks.
Despite the Supreme Court’s ruling, the Dallas Independent School District announced Sunday night that masks will still be required while on district property. Dallas ISD also said visitors would not be allowed inside schools.
Irving ISD, however, said Sunday that it would follow the Texas Supreme Court’s decision. Irving ISD did add that all students, staff, and visitors are “highly encouraged” to wear masks.