Starting May 17, masks will no longer be required in Georgetown city facilities but only encouraged, per City Council direction during its regular meeting May 11.

Council meetings will begin to be held in-person with all the current safety guidelines in place and still allow virtual participation for both council members and residents.

Council Members Steve Fought and Mike Triggs suggested that city employees be spoken with to gauge their comfort level with relaxation of safety guidelines for residents as they are the ones that will most likely interact with visitors and residents.

Board and commission meetings will be also be held in-person with the option for virtual participation.

Board and commission meetings will require a quorum and the chair to be present for meeting to be held in person, Georgetown's Community Services Director Jack Daly said.

As of May 11, approximately 44% of individuals are fully vaccinated and approximately 60% have received one dose, according to Williamson County and Cities Health District data.