El Paso is implementing the mask policy for facilities in the city.
“The scientific evidence behind the use of a face cover as a preventive tool is compelling, and it has shown in our region a positive effect in previous surges," Dr. Hector Ocaranza said. "We do not want to wait until we see another surge in our community, but rather take the necessary steps now to protect our community to reduce case numbers and the risk of deaths."
Recently, Nueces County had to rescind its mask mandate after the Texas Supreme Court ruled in favor of Governor Greg Abbott's executive order. The Court temporarily blocked mask mandates issued by local leaders in San Antonio and Dallas.
Abbott's executive order, which bans mask mandates from government entities, could stay in place as court cases surrounding the issue continue.
EPISD having a meeting to require students to wear masks
The El Paso Independent School District's Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday at 5 pm to require schools to wear masks. This will go against Texas Governor Greg Abbott and his executive order. Governor Abbott passed an Executive Order in May limiting Texas schools to require people to wear a mask on school grounds.
This meeting comes 24 hours after Dr. Hector Ocaranza issued a statement that face masks should be worn in all indoor establishments including schools. El Paso City Council filed a lawsuit against Governor Abbott Monday night against the mask mandate. Legally, the state can allow the local Health Authority to override Governor Abbott’s mandate.
“While our community has been doing a phenomenal job on getting their vaccines, our state is facing a very difficult time with the Delta variant, as we continue to see an increase in new Covid-19 cases, primarily among those who are unvaccinated,” commented Dr.Ocaranza.
“This in part is why we have continuously recommended the use of face coverings when indoors.”
“The scientific evidence behind the use of a face cover as a preventive tool is compelling and it has shown in our region a positive effect in previous surges.”
“We do not want to wait until we see another surge in our community, but rather take the necessary steps now to protect our community to reduce case numbers and the risk of deaths.”
“In addition to face coverings, we urge eligible individuals to get fully vaccinated as the vaccine remains to be one of the greatest public health tools that we have at this moment.”
It will be interesting to see if El Paso will overturn the no-mask mandate in schools. Several other cities were turned down by the Texas Courts.
The Mask Mandate in El Paso begins August 18
Hopefully, you still have access to your mask because masks are required in El Paso starting August 18. These are some basic questions about the mask mandate.
How long is the mask mandate issued by Dr. Hector Ocaranza?
The requirement to wear a mask is effective for 30 days before a decision is made to continue wearing the mask.
Who has to wear a mask during the mandate?
Everyone over the age of 2 years old must wear a face covering their nose and mouth in indoor locations. Parents and guardians mask should help put a mask on children over the age of two years old when they are outside of their residence.
What if you cannot wear a mask due to a health condition?
Face coverings are required on anyone who has trouble breathing, has a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a mask, or they are exercising indoors and not next to someone from their same household.
Do you have to wear a mask at a restaurant or bar?
A face covering is required when entering the facility but it is not required when eating or drinking.
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