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Texas mayors, county judge can impose restrictions on large outdoor gatherings, Gov. Abbott says

Strict health, safety standards, procedures for child care centers also ordered by Governor Greg Abbott

FILE - In this May 26, 2018, file photo, people listen to Michael Franti perform at the BottleRock Napa Valley music festival in Napa, Calif. This year's event has been rescheduled in October. If California Gov. Gavin Newsom's so-called roadmap to ease coronavirus restrictions hinted at a return to a normal Californians could appreciate - a summer trip in the car - it quickly became apparent they wouldn't be leaving home soon. The governor's sobering message foreshadows a summer without baseball games under the lights, large outdoor concerts, rides at amusement parks or trips to the beach.  (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
FILE - In this May 26, 2018, file photo, people listen to Michael Franti perform at the BottleRock Napa Valley music festival in Napa, Calif. This year's event has been rescheduled in October. If California Gov. Gavin Newsom's so-called roadmap to ease coronavirus restrictions hinted at a return to a normal Californians could appreciate - a summer trip in the car - it quickly became apparent they wouldn't be leaving home soon. The governor's sobering message foreshadows a summer without baseball games under the lights, large outdoor concerts, rides at amusement parks or trips to the beach. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

AUSTIN, Texas – As COVID-19 cases rise in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott has expanded the authority of mayors and county judges to impose restrictions on outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people. Previously, the restrictions applied to outdoor gatherings of over 500 people.

Abbott has also directed the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to enact emergency rules that provide strict health and safety standards and procedures related to COVID-19 for child care centers in Texas.

These two actions are based on data showing an increase in COVID-19 transmission stemming from large gatherings and child care centers.

Texas hits 5,000 new virus cases in one day for first time, Abbott says

They also come the same day that Abbott announced that Texas recorded 5,000 coronavirus cases in one day, the largest ever.

“These are just some of the steps Texas will take to contain the rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations,” Abbott said. “Today’s proclamation and emergency rules will aid in that effort in two key ways: allowing restrictions on large gatherings where COVID-19 is easily spread and implementing a statewide standard of infection control for child care centers. However, as we face this challenge, there is no substitute for personal responsibility. I urge all Texans to do everything in their power to reduce the transmission of the coronavirus by wearing a face mask, washing their hands often, and staying six-feet apart from others.”

You can read Abbott’s updated proclamation below:


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