Beginning Aug. 13, Williamson County will allow gatherings of more than 10 people in outdoor spaces so long as masks are still worn and social distancing measures are in place.

County Judge Bill Gravell announced the change through an order during an Aug. 11 Williamson County Commissioners meeting.

“If a family wants to bury a loved one, they can exceed the number of greater than 10 people if they follow [Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s orders], which means they must wear masks, socially distance and not exceed 50% capacity of that particular property,” Gravell clarified.

The order only takes effect in the county’s unincorporated areas, and those within a city limit must still abide by the provisions established by the city officials, county officials said.

On July 2, Gov. Greg Abbott amended his executive order that mandates any outdoor gathering in excess of 10 people is prohibited unless the county judge approves of the gathering.

Gravell said all requests for larger gatherings that have been sent to his office since the order was out in place have been denied.

“I believe it’s time. We have to begin to open things up for people to live their lives in a safe way,” Gravell said.