Updated 12:28 p.m. on March 5

Williamson County Public Affairs Manager Connie Odom said the county will continue to follow Gov. Greg Abbott’s order, including his March 2 announcement to lift the statewide mask mandate March 10.

On that date, Texans will no longer be required to wear a mask, and all businesses will be allowed to operate at full capacity in all counties not in an area with high hospitalizations.

Nonetheless, individuals are still strongly encouraged to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth wherever it is not feasible to maintain 6 feet of distance from another person not in their household, per the order.

Williamson County remains in a high community spread phase, according to the Williamson County and Cities Health District, but its hospitalizations have dropped low enough to not be considered a county with high hospitalizations.

Area school districts have said they will continue to enforce mask-wearing for teachers, staff and students, as many have said they will wait for Texas Education Agency guidelines before making decisions.

The full order can be found here.

Correction: The mask mandate was not a state law.