That depends on the lawsuit and the court.
Often, local officials find favor with lower court judges who block Abbott’s order and allow locals to enact mask mandates — though some of those judges have sided against mask mandates. In some cases, courts will let mandates stand, only to have higher courts temporarily block them.
That legal back-and-forth has led to a confusing patchwork of mask mandates across the state. For instance, the Texas Supreme Court on Sept. 28 stayed a ruling from the 4th Court of Appeals allowing Laredo's United Independent School District to require masks, thus temporarily striking down the mandate as a legal challenge continues playing out.