Dallas County Commissioner J.J. Koch (R) was removed from a courtroom Tuesday for not wearing a mask, local news outlets reported.
County Judge Clay Jenkins asked a bailiff to escort the commissioner from the courtroom after the official refused to wear a mask. Everyone else present in court donned a face covering.
Koch's refusal to wear a mask comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a new guidance last week stating that vaccinated individuals should wear a mask in areas where coronavirus infections are increasing.
The newest guidance prompted outrage from Republican across the country, including in Washington, D.C., who said that they will continue to go unmasked indoors.
More than 2,000 new cases were reported by the state department of health Tuesday, causing many to grow more concerned about the spread of the virus.
Officials are calling on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) to impose a mask mandate in the state as schools return to in-person learning in just a few weeks.
State Rep. Vikki Goodwin (D) and about 30 other lawmakers wrote a letter to the governor urging him to reverse his executive order banning mask requirements for public schools. However, Abbott has continued to fight against mask mandates, even going as far as threatening to fine local officials if they impose such measures.
President BidenJoe BidenCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Senate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan Biden pushes back at Democrats on taxes MORE on Tuesday rebuked GOP governors who have issued bans against mask mandates and vaccine requirements, pointing to the states Texas and Florida as examples.
“I say to these governors, please help," Biden pleaded Tuesday. "If you aren’t going to help, at least get out of the way of people who are trying to do the right thing. Use your power to save lives."