The Texas Supreme Court denied Governor Greg Abbott's request to block Travis County Judge Andy Brown's temporary restraining order that gave way to local mask mandates.
This ruling will allow the temporary mask mandate to stand, and local schools in Travis County can continue into the new school year with COVID-19 precautions in place.
Earlier today the Texas Education Agency also issued updated guidelines for Texas schools regarding COVID-19 protocols.
"Please note, mask provisions of GA-38 are not being enforced as the result of ongoing litigation," said the TEA in Thursday's update. "Further guidance will be made available after the court issues are resolved."
Gov. Abbott tested positive for COVID-19 himself on Tuesday.
Gov. Abbott is fully vaccinated, in good health, and currently not experiencing any symptoms, according to a press release; but it was also mentioned that he is receiving Regeneron's monoclonal antibody treatment.