If you're in Austin, it's required to wear a mask indoors

If you're in Austin, it's required to wear a mask indoors

AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 03: Pedestrians walk down South Congress Ave. on March 3, 2021 in Austin, Texas. Gov. Greg Abbott announced today that the state will end its mask mandate and allow businesses to reopen at 100 percent capacity on March 10. (Photo by Montinique Monroe/Getty Images)

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After a back-and-forth battle over masks, Austin and Travis County ended up on top.

On Friday, a Travis County judge declined to block Austin and Travis County's order requiring employees and customers to wear a face mask in businesses, according to a tweet from Travis County Judge Andy Brown.

WELL, THIS IS CONFUSING: Gov. Greg Abbott recommends masks days after deeming actual mask mandate unnecessary

GOOD NEWS: The court upheld our order to follow our local health authority’s mask requirement in Travis County and the City of Austin.

Thank you to our County Attorney Delia Garza and her team for their work. @DGTCAttorney


— Travis County Judge Andy Brown (@TravisCoJudge) March 26, 2021

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued the Travis County officials after enforcing a public health face mask order not long after Gov. Greg Abbott lifted the face mask requirement in Texas. Abbott said business owners can decide on their own if they want to enforce it, but the city can not.

State District Judge Lora Livingston announced her ruling in a three-hour hearing held remotely via Zoom, according to the Austin American-Statesman. She cannot find that the state met its burden to demonstrate the right to relief it seeks, the Statesman reported.

In short, public health mandates are allowed under a different state law, which leaves the face mask mandate in place.

Although Austin officials won this round, the Statesman reports Paxton is expected to quickly appeal the ruling. However, for now, if you're in Travis County, mask up.