News Flash

District Attorney Press Releases

Posted on: August 10, 2021

Statement from D.A. Gonzales on temporary restraining order allowing limited mask mandate

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales & San Antonio Mayor Ron

This afternoon, Bexar County Judge Antonia Arteaga granted a joint application for a temporary restraining order filed by the City of San Antonio and Bexar County which restrains the enforcement of certain provisions of Governor Abbott’s executive order GA-38.  The City of San Antonio and Bexar County sought court intervention in response to an alarming rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in San Antonio and Bexar County. 

In relevant part, Governor Abbott’s executive order GA-38 prohibits cities, counties, public schools and health districts from enacting masking requirements.  Under GA-38, City and County employees and visitors cannot be required to wear masks, nor can schools impose those requirements.  City and County officials believe Governor Abbott exceeded his authority under the Texas Disaster Act of 1975 when he improperly restricted the ability of local jurisdictions to respond to this critical health emergency. Additional details may be released during tonight’s City-County briefing which begins at 6:13 p.m.

“Health officials have made it clear that there are two things that help to contain the spread of COVID-19, especially the Delta variant: vaccinations and masking. All that we are trying to do is to allow government to continue to serve the community, our schools to safely operate, to prevent the spread of this potentially deadly virus and avoid full closures. We know how harmful this latest surge has been to our community due to the highly infectious Delta variant. We could have avoided taking Governor Abbott to court if he would simply allow local government and schools to make public health decisions, with the advice of our local health experts, which are better suited for the circumstances present in our community. In coordination with the City of San Antonio, my office will continue to fight for the safety of the citizens of Bexar County,” said District Attorney Joe Gonzales.

A full hearing on further injunctive relief is scheduled for Monday at 9 a.m. Click here to view Bexar County’s COVID-19 orders and declarations.

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in District Attorney Press Releases

Two men indicted for Oct. 2019 murder

Posted on: April 22, 2021

DA Gonzales on Voter Intimidation

Posted on: August 24, 2020

2 men indicted for separate murders

Posted on: August 21, 2020

This week in the Bexar County Grand Jury

Posted on: November 15, 2019

Jury finds Cantu Guilty of Murder

Posted on: October 28, 2019

Man Gets 65 Years in 2018 Murder

Posted on: October 2, 2019

Bexar Grand Jury Indicts Andre McDonald

Posted on: October 2, 2019

Bexar County Grand Juries Busy

Posted on: September 16, 2019

Bexar Grand Juries Keep Busy

Posted on: September 3, 2019