Watch LIVE: El Paso City Council told Health Authority plans to impose mask mandate
UPDATE: El Paso Health Authority City/County Health Authority Dr. Hector Ocaranza tells City Council he plans to impose a mask mandate at all indoor establishments, including schools.
ORIGINAL REPORT: EL PASO, Texas — The El Paso City Council scheduled an emergency meeting for 4 p.m. Monday to consider taking legal action against Texas Gov. Greg Abbott over his executive orders limiting the ability of local governments to issue health mandates to deal with Covid-19.
The meeting comes after several school districts and a handful of counties across the state have defied Abbott’s order that restricted local entities from instituting mask mandates. The Texas Supreme Court in recent days temporarily upheld that order from Abbott.
The meeting also comes after El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego over the weekend asked City/County Health Authority Dr. Hector Ocaranza to defy Abbott and impose a mask mandate as El Paso hospitals were nearing capacity.
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