The Fifth Court deftly aligned the parties’ arguments about mask requirements with the Texas Disaster Act’s statement of purpose in Abbott v. Jenkins: “Based on the evidence in the record, the trial court acted within its discretion to conclude that Jenkins demonstrated a probable right to relief on the ground that Abbott lacked authority to suspend [Tex. Gov’t Code] section 418.108 because imposing a face-covering mandate does not prevent, hinder, or delay necessary action in coping with a disaster. Arguably, the evidence shows the opposite—that by imposing a face-covering mandate, Jenkins furthered Abbott’s stated goals to preserve livelihoods and protect lives through the least restrictive means available. No. 05-21-00733-CV (Nov. 22, 2021) (emphasis added).

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