Governor Greg Abbott in a press conference Tuesday afternoon announced that he will be rescinding most of his COVID-19 related statewide mandates next week. This will include expanding capacities at all Texas businesses to 100% and allowing his statewide mask order to expire on Wednesday, March 10.
The Governor cited positive trends in active cases, positivity rates and hospitalizations – as well as the ramp-up in vaccine distribution to as many as 1 million shots administered per week – as the basis for his decision.
While the statewide mandates are set to expire, Governor Abbott urged Texans to continue taking precautions to keep themselves and others safe.
His latest order also allows for county-level restrictions. Specifically, if a Trauma Service Area sees COVID-19 related hospitalizations above 15% for seven consecutive days, county judges will have the ability to issue limited orders of their own to fight back against the spike.
Mayor John Packer reemphasizes the need for individuals and businesses to remain diligent in the fight against COVID-19. The City of Marble Falls will continue to follow the Governor's Orders and has no plans to issue additional mandates.
Executive Order GA-34 may be found at www.gov.texas.gov. The Order rescinds Executive Orders GA-17, GA-25, GA-29 and GA-31 in their entirety.
Recommended minimum health protocols outlined by DSHS and the Governor’s Report to Open Texas is available at www.open.texas.gov