Texas Gov. Greg Abbott decided that he had to do something on Tuesday after the state recorded nearly 5,500 new COVID-19 cases. Abbott made new announcements that would allow further restriction on outdoor gatherings and child care centers across the state.
While COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Texas, Governor Greg Abbott has expanded the ability of mayors and county judges to impose restrictions on outdoor gatherings of over 100 people. Previously, this applied only to outdoor gatherings over 500 people.
In another move, Gov. Abbott 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.
The list of requirements for Child Care providers around the state include denying entry into facilities, increased screening rues, and prohibiting so-called “family style meals.”
Gov. Abbott repealed these orders on June 12, 2020. However, he reinstated them on Tuesday.
“These are just some of the steps Texas will take to contain the rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations…I urge all Texans…to reduce the transmission of the coronavirus by wearing a face mask, washing their hands often & staying 6-feet apart from others,” gov. Abbott said.
This story has been updated to include formerly repealed orders from the Governor that are now back in effect as a requirement.