April 18, 2021

Volume XI, Number 108

Advertisement

April 16, 2021

Subscribe to Latest Legal News and Analysis

April 15, 2021

Subscribe to Latest Legal News and Analysis
Advertisement

Governor Abbott’s Executive Order Related to Reopening Texas 100%

On Texas Independence Day, at a press conference in Lubbock, Governor Abbott announced the lifting of his statewide mask mandate beginning March 10, 2021. The Governor said, “It is now time to open Texas 100%.”

Abbott reminded Texans to not abandon the safe practices that have kept them and others safe and emphasized the need for citizens to consider their own personal safety and the safety of others. Abbott said the announcement does not abandon best practices, but reminds Texans of the individual role they play.

Governor Abbott said this executive order ensures “that all businesses and families in Texas have the freedom to determine their own destiny.” As such, businesses may still require employees or customers to follow additional hygiene measures, including the wearing of a face covering. No jurisdiction will have the ability to impose a penalty of any kind, but businesses can call upon law enforcement to enforce trespassing laws and remove violators at the request of a business establishment or other property owner.

Acknowledging that there would be local government objections to this roll-back, Abbott stated if hospital capacity exceeds 15 percent for seven consecutive days in any of the state’s 22 hospital regions, county judges will have the ability to request reduced capacity and use COVID-19-related mitigation strategies, provided that no jurisdiction imposes penalties on or confinement of anyone for failing to wear a face covering.

Nursing homes, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities and long-term care facilities are urged to follow TX Health and Human Services Commission guidance regarding visitations and infection control policies and practices.

Public schools will continue to operate under the minimum standard health protocols found in guidance issued by the Texas Education Agency.

The Governor’s Executive Order may be viewed here.

Advertisement
© 2021 Foley & Lardner LLPNational Law Review, Volume XI, Number 62
Advertisement
Advertisement

TRENDING LEGAL ANALYSIS

Advertisement
Advertisement

About this Author

Amy Beard Public Affairs Attorney Foley & Lardner Austin, TX
Public Affairs Advisor Sr

Amy Beard is a public affairs advisor with Foley & Lardner LLP. Amy has over 13 years of experience in government relations, reputation management, public policy, and legislative advocacy.

Amy’s experience includes being a founder of Windmill Consulting where she lobbied for clients such as Google, Uber, DJI Technology, and Walmart. Prior to Windmill Consulting, Amy was the governmental affairs consultant at Cammack & Strong, P.C., where for over 10 years she provided consulting services and advocacy on policy issues for clients in various industries including technology,...

512.542.7088
Craig P. Chick Public Affairs Attorney Foley & Lardner Austin, TX
Director, Public Affairs

Craig Chick is a public affairs director with Foley & Lardner LLP. Prior to Foley, he was a former senior advisor to Speaker Joe Straus on issues impacting business, energy, and government efficiency. Prior to working in the speaker’s office, Craig spent over 15 years as a senior advisor to Texas House and Senate members such as Kyle Janek and Fred Bosse. Having been involved in Texas politics for over 23 years, Craig has advised members of the House and Senate on political discourse involving alcohol, economic development, electric generation and transmission, employment,...

512.542.7085
Advertisement
Advertisement