July 2, 2020 - Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. The order states, "Every person in Texas shall wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when inside a commercial entity or other building or space open to the public, or when in an outdoor public space, wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household." To read executive order: https://open.texas.gov/uploads/files/organization/opentexas/EO-GA-29-use-of-face-coverings-during-COVID-19-IMAGE-07-02-2020.pdf
DECLARATION ISSUED FOR PARKER COUNTY REQUIRING FACE MASKS IN GROUPS OF 100 PEOPLE OR MORE
July 1, 2020 - A Declaration of Local State of Disaster due to Public Health Emergency was issued on July 1, 2020 requiring face masks for individuals in areas open to the public where social distancing is not feasible and where it is estimated that 100 people or more are present. This order goes into effect Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 6:00 PM continuing through 6:00 p.m. on July 8, 2020, unless extended, modified or terminated early by the Parker County Judge or the Commissioners Court.
It is strongly encouraged for individuals 10 years and older to wear a face covering in areas open to the public where it is difficult to keep six feet away from other people. Face masks may include homemade masks, scarfs, bandannas, or a handkerchief and should be worn over the nose and mouth. Individuals with a “significant mental or physical health risk” to wearing a mask do not have to comply with this ordinance.
Parker County Response: Governor Abbott released a new executive order today rolling back some of his Texas reopening phases announced last month and this month. From our initial reading, here are some relevant items for Parker County residents and businesses to be aware of:
Because of Parker County’s attestation granted on June 12th, restaurants, businesses and event venues can remain at 75% capacity. Counties without attestation must roll back to 50%.
Staff does not count toward operating capacity, except for manufacturing services and office workers.
Bars are closed again
Outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people that do not already fall under Executive Order guidelines in Sections 1,2, & 4 (it’s a lengthy list of events that are covered by EO guidelines) must have written approval from the mayor if in the city limits or the county judge if in the unincorporated county.
Every person and business should make good faith efforts to use available resources to follow minimum standard health protocols recommended by DSHS. These can be found at gov.texas.gov/opentexas.
Nothing prohibits a business from imposing additional hygiene/health requirements for customers, including face coverings.
Individuals are encouraged to wear face coverings, but no jurisdiction can impose a civil or criminal penalty for failure to wear a face covering.
GOVERNOR ABBOTT UPDATE ON TEXAS’ CONTINUED RESPONSE TO COVID-19
June 23, 2020 - Governor Greg Abbott provided an update on Texas’ continued response to COVID-19. The Governor discussed several steps the state is taking to mitigate the spread of the virus in recent weeks—including increasing enforcement of health and safety regulations, rapidly increasing testing in hot spots, and working with hospitals throughout the state to ensure they have the ability to treat Texans who test positive for COVID-19. To read press release, visit: https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-provides-update-on-covid-19-response-urges-texans-to-follow-guidelines
GOVERNOR ABBOTT ANNOUNCES PHASE THREE TO OPEN TEXAS
June 3, 2020 - Under Phase III, effective immediately, all businesses in Texas will be able to operate at up to 50% capacity, with very limited exceptions. Business that previously have been able to operate at 100% capacity may continue to do so, and most outdoor areas are not subject to capacity limits. To view Executive Order GA - 26: https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/EO-GA-26_expanded_opening_COVID-19.pdf
GOVERNOR ABBOTT ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES
May 26, 2020 - Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation expanding additional services and activities that can open under Phase II of the state’s plan to safely and strategically open. With this proclamation, water parks, recreational sport programs for adults, driver education programs, and food-court dining areas within shopping malls can begin operations with limited occupancy or regulations to protect the health and safety of Texans. To view declaration: https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/DISASTER_Adding_Covered_Services_to_GA-23_No_2_COVID-19.pdf
GOVERNOR ABBOTT ANNOUNCES PHASE TWO TO OPEN TEXAS
May 18, 2020 - Governor Greg Abbott announced the second phase of the State of Texas’ ongoing plan to safely and strategically open Texas while minimizing the spread of COVID-19.
April 27, 2020 - Gov. Abbott issued Executive Order GA-18 relating to the expanded reopening of services as part of the Open Texas response to Covid-19. In addition, the Governor released The Governor’s Report to Open Texas. The document contains guidelines and protocols to help Texans and businesses reopen safely.
COMMISSIONERS COURT ISSUES FOURTH AMENDED DECLARATION OF LOCAL DISASTER
April 27, 2020: The Commissioners Court issued Fourth Amended Declaration of Local Disaster Due to Public Health continuing to require all physicians and facilities to report their COVID-19 testing on a daily basis for an additional 30 days.
FIRST DRIVE THROUGH TESTING SITE IN THE WORKS
April 22, 2020: The Governor’s Office, with input from DSHS, has reached out asking if Parker County would like to participate in mobile testing. The details will be forthcoming, but we have agreed and are working with the City of Weatherford on the logistics of a 1 day drive through testing site that will rotate to other counties, then return for another 1 day of testing. This rotation will continue for an unknown amount of time. Additional information about this free, state lead effort continues to come and we will include the details as they become available.
PARKER COUNTY SECOND AMENDED DECLARATION OF LOCAL DISASTER IS SIGNED
April 21, 2020: Judge Deen issued a Second Amended Declaration of Local Disaster Due to Public Health continuing to require all physicians and facilities to report their COVID-19 testing on a daily basis.
GOVERNOR ABBOTT ISSUES THREE EXECUTIVE ORDERS
April 17, 2020 - Gov. Abbott issued three Executive Orders (EOs). Firstly, he established the Strike Force to Open Texas to advise on safely and strategically reopening the state of Texas. Secondly, EO GA-16 relates to the reopening of select services and activities. Thirdly, EO GA-15 relates to hospital capacity and PPE and loosens restrictions on surgeries that were put in place in March.
April 12, 2020: The Governor renewed the disaster declaration of March 13, 2020 for Covid-19.
AMENDED ORDER SIGNED BY COUNTY JUDGE
April 9, 2020 - County Judge Pat Deen signed an order for all Parker County physicians, public, private and commercials labs and medical facilities to report the number of COVID-19 tests being conducted.
GOVERNOR ABBOTT CLOSES ALL STATE PARKS AND HISTORIC SITES
April 7, 2020 The Governor has directed the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission to close all state parks and historic sites. They will close to the public starting on 4/7 at 5PM and will reopen at the direction of the Governor.
GOVERNOR ABBOTT ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER GA-14
March 31, 2020: Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA-14 to remain in force until April 30. Schools will remain closed until May 4th. The new order renews and amends his previous order, sets forth additional guidelines for social distancing as well as further defines "Essential Services".
LOCAL DECLARATION SIGNED
March 24, 2020 - An Amended Declaration of Local Disaster Due to Public Health Emergency was signed March 23,2020 and will go into effect on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 6PM.