Current County & State Executive orders
Texas Executive Orders GA-28 & GA-29
Gov. Abbott recently announced two new Executive Orders that slows the Open Texas phases & mandates face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Texas. Most businesses may remain partially reopen, but may not increase their occupancy limits at this time. Additionally, face coverings are required in most public spaces where social distance is not achievable.
Download the full orders here:
Exec. Order GA-28: Slow the Spread in Texas
Exec. Order GA-29: Face Covering Requirements
Proclamation: Amending GA-28 Mandates Related to Gatherings
Brief Summary of Executive Order GA-28 & GA-29:
- Anyone 10-years-old and older must wear a face covering while in commercial buildings and other public areas where maintaining social distance is not achievable (exceptions listed below)
- Certain businesses must reduce their occupancy or close completely. Please see below for full details.
- Most outdoor events or gathers that plan to have 100 or more people in attendance are prohibited unless the mayor of the city the event is held or county judge in the unincorporated areas approves the gatherings Please see below for full details.
- Strongly encourage anyone who is 65 or older to stay home as much as possible & avoid contact with anyone who has been outside the home
- People shall not visit nursing homes, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities, or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance as determined through guidance from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission
- All people and businesses should follow the minimum standard health protocols published by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and follow the guidelines from the President and the CDC
Mandates in Executive Order GA-29
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; provided, however, that this face-covering requirement does not apply to the following:
1. any person younger than 10 years of age;
2. any person with a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering;
3. any person while the person is consuming food or drink, or is seated at a restaurant to eat or drink;
4. any person while the person is (a) exercising outdoors or engaging in physical activity outdoors, and (b) maintaining a safe distance from other people not in the same household;
5. any person while the person is driving alone or will passengers who are part of the same household as the driver;
6. any person obtaining a service that requires temporary removal of the face covering for security surveillance, screening, or a need for specific access to the face, such as while visiting a bank or while obtaining a personal care
service involving the face, but only to the extent necessary for the temporary removal;
7. any person while the person is in a swimming pool, lake, or similar body of water;
8. any person who is voting, assisting a voter, serving as a polling watcher, or actively administering an election, but wearing a face covering is strongly encouraged;
9. any person who is actively providing or obtaining access to religious worship, but wearing a face covering is strongly encouraged;
10. any person while the person is giving a speech for a broadcast or to an audience; or
11. any person in a county (a) that meets the requisite criteria promulgated by the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) regarding minimal
cases of COVID-19, and (b) whose county judge has affirmatively opted-out of this face-covering requirement by filing with TDEM the required face-covering attestation form—provided, however, that wearing a face covering is highly recommended, and every county is strongly encouraged to follow these face-covering standards.
Not excepted from this face-covering requirement is any person attending a protest or demonstration involving more than 10 people and who is not practicing safe social distancing of six feet from other people not in the same household.
TDEM shall maintain on its website a list of counties that are not subject to this face-covering requirement pursuant to paragraph number 11. The list can be found at: www.tdem.texas.gov/ga29.
Following a verbal or written warning for a first-time violator of this face covering requirement, a person’s second violation shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $250. Each subsequent violation shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $250 per violation.
Local law enforcement and other local officials, as appropriate, can and should enforce this executive order, Executive Order GA-28, and other effective executive orders, as well as local restrictions that are consistent with this executive order and other effective executive orders. But no law enforcement or other official may detain, arrest, or confine in jail any person for a violation of this executive order or for related non-violent, non-felony offenses that are predicated on a violation of this executive order; provided, however, that any official with authority to enforce this executive order may act to enforce trespassing laws and remove violators at the request of a business establishment or other property owner.
This executive order hereby prohibits confinement in jail as a penalty for the violation of any face-covering order by any jurisdiction.
Executive Order GA-28 is hereby amended to delete from paragraph number 15 the phrase: “, but no jurisdiction can impose a civil or criminal penalty for failure to wear a face covering.”
The governor may by proclamation amend this executive order or add to the list of people to whom this face-covering requirement does not apply.
This executive order does not supersede Executive Orders GA-10, GA-13, GA-17, GA 19, GA-24, GA-25, GA-27, or GA-28 as amended. This executive order shall remain in effect and in full force until modified, amended, rescinded, or superseded by the governor.
Mandates in Executive Order GA-28 (as amended)
Every business establishment in Texas shall operate at no more than 50 percent of the total listed occupancy of the establishment; provided, however, that:
1. There is no occupancy limit for the following:
a. any services listed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, Version 3.1 or any subsequent version;
b. religious services conducted in churches, congregations, and houses of worship;
c. local government operations, including county and municipal governmental operations relating to licensing (including marriage licenses), permitting, recordation, and document-filing services, as determined by the local government;
d. child-care services;
e. youth camps, including but not limited to those defined as such under Chapter 141 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, and including all summer camps and other daytime and overnight camps for youths; and
f. recreational sports programs for youths and adults;
2. Except as provided below by paragraph number 5, this 50 percent occupancy limit does not apply to outdoor areas, events, or establishments, except that the following outdoor areas or outdoor venues shall operate at no more than 50 percent of the normal operating limits as determined by the owner:
a. professional, collegiate, or similar sporting events;
b. swimming pools;
c. water parks;
d. museums and libraries;
e. zoos, aquariums, natural caverns, and similar facilities; and
f. rodeos and equestrian events;
3. This 50 percent occupancy limit does not apply to the following establishments that operate with at least six feet of social distancing between work stations:
a. cosmetology salons, hair salons, barber shops, nail salons/shops, and other establishments where licensed cosmetologists or barber practice their trade;
b. massage establishments and other facilities where licensed massage therapists or other persons licensed or otherwise authorized to practice under Chapter 455 of the Texas Occupations Code practice their trade; and
c. other personal-care and beauty services such as tanning salons, tattoo studios, piercing studios, hair removal services, and hair loss treatment and growth services;
4. Amusement parks shall operate at no more than 50 percent of the normal operating limits as determined by the owner;
5. For any outdoor gathering in excess of
100 10 people, other than those set forth above in paragraph numbers 1, 2, or 4, the gathering is prohibited unless the mayor of the city in which the gathering is held, or the county
judge in the case of a gathering in an unincorporated area, approves of the gathering, and such approval can be made subject to certain conditions or restrictions not inconsistent with this executive order; (amended from 100 to 10 people in the Proclamation)
6. For dine-in services by restaurants that have less than 51 percent of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages, the occupancy limit shall remain at 75 percent until 12:01 a.m. on June 29, 2020, at which time
such restaurants may only operate at up to 50 percent of the total listed occupancy of the restaurant, subject to paragraph number 9 below;
7. People shall not visit bars or similar establishments that hold a permit from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) and are not restaurants as defined above in paragraph number 6; provided, however, that the use by such bars or similar establishments of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options for food and drinks is allowed to the extent authorized by TABC;
8. People shall not use commercial rafting or tubing services, including rental of rafts or tubes and transportation of people for the purpose of rafting or tubing;
9. For any business establishment that is subject to a 50 percent “total listed occupancy” limit or “normal operating limit,” and that is in a county that has filed with DSHS, and is in compliance with, the requisite attestation form promulgated by DSHS regarding minimal cases of COVID-19, the business establishment may operate at up to 75 percent of the total listed occupancy or normal operating limit of the establishment;
10. for purposes of this executive order, facilities with retractable roofs are considered indoor facilities, whether the roof is opened or closed;
11. Staff members are not included in determining operating levels, except for manufacturing services and office workers;
12. Except as provided in this executive order or in the minimum standard health protocols recommended by DSHS, found at www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus, people should not be in groups larger than ten and should maintain six feet of social distancing from those not in their group;
13. People over the age of 65 are strongly encouraged to stay at home as much as possible; to maintain appropriate distance from any member of the household who has been out of the residence in the previous 14 days; and, if leaving the home, to implement social distancing and to practice
good hygiene, environmental cleanliness, and sanitation;
14. In providing or obtaining services, every person (including individuals, businesses, and other legal entities) should use good-faith efforts and available resources to follow the minimum standard health protocols recommended by DSHS;
15. Nothing in this executive order or the DSHS minimum standards precludes requiring a customer to follow additional hygiene measures\when obtaining services. Individuals are encouraged to wear appropriate face coverings,
but no jurisdiction can impose a civil or criminal penalty for failure to wear a face covering; *(GA-29 removes this phrase)
16. People shall not visit nursing homes, state supported living centers,assisted living facilities, or long-term care facilities unless as determined through guidance from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). Nursing homes, state supported living centers,
assisted living facilities, and long-term care facilities should follow infection control policies and practices set forth by HHSC, including minimizing the movement of staff between facilities whenever possible; and
17. For the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, public schools may resume operations for the summer as provided by, and under the minimum standard health protocols found in, guidance issued by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Private schools and institutions of higher education are encouraged to establish similar standards. Notwithstanding
anything herein to the contrary, schools may conduct graduation ceremonies consistent with the minimum standard health protocols found in guidance issued by TEA.
Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the governor may by proclamation add to the list of establishments or venues that people shall not visit.
This executive order shall supersede any conflicting order issued by local officials in response to the COVID-19 disaster, but only to the extent that such a local order restricts services allowed by this executive order, allows gatherings prohibited by this executive order, or expands the list or scope of services as set forth in this executive order. Pursuant to Section 418.0 16(a) of the Texas Government Code, I hereby suspend Sections 418.1015(b) and 418.10$ of the Texas Government Code, Chapter 81, Subchapter E of the Texas Health and Safety Code, and any other relevant statutes, to the extent necessary to ensure that local officials do not impose restrictions in response to the COVID-19 disaster that are inconsistent with this executive order, provided that local officials may enforce this executive order as well as local restrictions that are consistent with this executive order.
All existing state executive orders relating to COVID-19 are amended to eliminate confinement in jail as an available penalty for violating the executive orders. To the extent any order issued by local officials in response to the COVID-19 disaster would allow confinement in jail as an available penalty for violating a COVID-l9 related order, that order allowing confinement in jail is superseded, and I hereby suspend all relevant laws to the extent necessary to ensure that local officials do not confine people in jail for violating any executive order or local order issued in response to the COVID-19 disaster.
This executive order supersedes Executive Order GA-26, but does not supersede Executive Orders GA-b, GA-13, GA-17, GA-19, GA-24, GA-25, or GA-27. This executive order shall remain in effect and in full force unless it is modified, amended, rescinded, or superseded by the governor. This executive order may also be amended by proclamation of the governor.
San Patricio County Executive Order DK-05
County Judge David Krebs announced a new executive order that established new mandates regarding masks and creation of health safety policies. Executive Order DK-05 takes effect July 28, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. This order continues through August 31, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.
Download the full order here: Executive Order DK-05
Brief Summary of Executive Order DK-05:
- All commercial entities must create and post a health safety policy
- All employees and customers/visitors must wear a mask within the facilities
where 6 feet of separation between yourself and others not of the same
household is not achievable
- All people 10-years-old and older must wear a face covering over their nose
and mouth when in public where 6 feet of separation between yourself and
others not of the same household is not achievable
- Maintain social distance, avoid touching your face, wash your hands &
face coverings regularly
Mandates in Executive Order DK-05
PURSUANT TO TEXAS DISASTER ACT OF 1975, SAN PATRICIO COUNTY JUDGE DAVID R. KREBS HEREBY ISSUES THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER AS FOLLOWS:
Effective as of 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, July 28,2020 ("Effective Date"), and continuing through Monday, August 31, 2020 unless extended, modified or terminated early by San Patricio County Judge David R. Krebs or as otherwise indicated below:
I. Public Health Emergency. That this Executive Order shall continue the local disaster declaration and public health emergency for San Patricio County for the period specified in this Executive Order and shall incorporate and adopt the most recent executive order GA-28 issued by Governor
Abbott on June 26, 2020, and any subsequent orders by the Governor relating to the expanded opening of Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster
II. Health and Safety Policy - Commercial Entities. From the date of this Executive Order, all commercial entities in San Patricio County provided goods or services directly to the public must develop and implement a health and safety policy ("Health and Safety Policy"). The Health and
Safety Policy must require, at a minimum, that all employees or visitors to the commercial entity’s business premises or other facilities wear face coverings when in an area or performing an activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to co-workers or the public where six feet
of separation is not feasible. The Health and Safety Policy required to be developed and implemented by this Executive Order may also include theimplementation of other mitigating measures designed to control and reduce the transmission of COVID-19 such as temperature checks or health screenings. Commercial entities must post the Health and Safety Policy required this Executive Order in a conspicuous location sufficient to provide notice to employees and visitors of all health and safety requirements. Failure to develop and implement the Health Safety Policy required by this Executive Order within five (5) calendar days following the Effective Date may result in a fine not to exceed $1,000 for each violation.
III. Face Coverings - General Public. That all people 10 years or older shall wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when in a public place where it is difficult to keep six feet away from other people or working in areas that involve close proximity with other coworkers. The CDC advises
face coverings for people 2 years or older. Face coverings may include homemade masks, scarfs, bandanas, or a handkerchief. San Patricio County residents should continue to maintain social distancing of at least six feet while outside their home. San Patricio County employees are also required to wear face coverings under the same circumstances as the general public.
IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU NOT OBTAIN OR WEAR MEDICAL MASKS or N-95 RESPIRATORS AS THEY ARE A NEEDED RESOURCE FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS.
Our healthcare workers and first responders on the front-line combating COVID-19 must have priority access to medical masks or other personal protective equipment. Face coverings do not need to be worn in the following circumstances:
- When exercising outside or engaging in physical activity outside
- While driving alone or with passengers who are part of the same household as the driver
- When doing so poses a greater mental or physical health, safety, or security risk
- While pumping gas or operating outdoor equipment While in a building or activity that requires security surveillance or screening, for example, banks - When consuming food or drink
Please note that face coverings are a secondary strategy to other mitigation efforts. Face coverings are not a replacement for social distancing, frequent handwashing, and self-isolation when sick. All people should follow CDC recommendations for how to wear and take off a mask. Residents should keep up the following habits while in public:
- washing hands before you leave home and when you return,
- staying at least six feet away from others,
- avoiding touching nose or face,
- not using disposable masks more than three times, and
- washing reusable cloth masks regularly to prevent the spread of the virus.
Consistent with Executive Order GA-28 issued by Governor Greg Abbott, no civil or criminal penalty will be imposed on individuals for failure to wear a face covering.
IV. San Patricio County Courthouse. That the San Patricio County Courthouse shall continue to have limited point of access at the Market Street entrance, subject to modification as deemed necessary by the County Judge, and that all other county-owned or leased buildings have a
single controlled point of entrance. Further, all citizens and employees may be appropriately screened before entering any San Patricio County owned or leased building. At the control points, citizens and employees may be asked certain risk-related questions and their temperature taken
by least obtrusive means. Any individual with a temperature exceeding 100.4°F or who fails the screening process will not be allowed to enter the building. Citizens are encouraged to call the department or office you are attempting to visit prior to visiting a county-owned or leased facility. All
social distancing measures must be implemented at the above-described control points and while in any San Patricio County facility.
V. San Patricio County Essential Business. That residents of San Patricio County conduct essential San Patricio County business online or via regular mail to avoid visiting any San Patricio County facilities unless absolutely necessary.
VI. Severability. The sections, paragraphs, sentences, clauses and phrases of this Executive Order are severable and if any phrase, clause, sentence, paragraph or section of this Executive Order should be declared invalid by
the final judgement or decree of any court or competent jurisdiction, such invalidity shall not affect any of the remaining phrases, clauses, sentences, paragraphs and sections that can be given effect without the
invalid provision, and to this end, the provisions of this Executive Order are severable.
VII. Interpretation and Additional Terms. To the greatest extent possible, this Executive Order shall be interpreted as consistent with and supplemental to any executive order issued by the Texas Governor. All provisions of the executive orders of the Texas Governor either existing or as, if and when issued, which are made applicable to all jurisdictions by
law shall be automatically incorporated into and constitute terms of this Executive Order, enforceable as if set forth herein without necessity for the issuance of any further orders.
VIII. Enforcement. Excepting Section III of this Executive Order and in accordance with the limitations contained in the executive orders of Governor Greg Abbott, that any peace officer or other person with lawful authority is hereby authorized to enforce the provisions of this Executive
Order in accordance with the authority granted under the Texas Disaster Act of 1975.