Governor issues order on COVID-19 response

Published on July 30, 2021

Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Thursday combining several existing COVID-19 executive orders.

“Today’s executive order will provide clarity and uniformity in the Lone Star State’s continued fight against COVID-19,” Abbott said. “The new executive order emphasizes that the path forward relies on personal responsibility rather than government mandates. Texans have mastered the safe practices that help to prevent and avoid the spread of COVID-19. They have the individual right and responsibility to decide for themselves and their children whether they will wear masks, open their businesses and engage in leisure activities. Vaccines, which remain in abundant supply, are the most effective defense against the virus, and they will always remain voluntary – never forced – in the state of Texas.”

The latest order supersedes all previous COVID-19 related orders by the governor. As a result, the city is still prohibited from requiring masks, proof of vaccination status, implementing any COVID-19 restrictions, including occupancy limits and limits on gatherings, or requiring an individual to receive the vaccine.


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