In April, Texas's Governor Banned Counties From Enforcing Public Mask Orders

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In April, the governor’s executive order prevented local authorities from enforcing their own face mask orders.

On April 27, the Statesman reported that Governor Greg Abbott had issued an executive order that prevented county and municipal authorities from enforcing local face mask orders.

  • In this April order, Abbott allowed many businesses throughout Texas to reopen with some limitations.
  • His order “supersede[d] any local orders that impose[d] fines for people found violating face mask mandates,” the Statesman explained.
  • Abbott’s order “encouraged” individuals to wear “face coverings” but prohibited local governments in Texas from issuing civil or criminal penalties to anyone not wearing a mask.

The Wall Street Journal reports that on April 25, Abbott released a new executive order instructing hospitals to postpone some operations in order to make sure that bedspace is available for future COVID-19 patients.

The Journal explains,

Daily new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations hit records in Texas this week, state data show. It has pushed some hospitals to near capacity for the most critical patients. The Texas Medical Center, a complex of hospitals in Houston, reported it had reached 98% of its normal intensive care beds as of Tuesday.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, Texas has seen 128,132 COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

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