Travis County Judge supports state masking order, says county will enforce

A photo of a person wearing a medical mask
Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe has voiced his support for a statewide masking order that goes into effect July 3. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe has voiced his support for a statewide masking order that goes into effect July 3. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe said July 2 that the county will "actively enforce" Gov. Greg Abbott's statewide public masking order, following the governor's announcement that all Texans must cover their nose and mouth with a mask in public spaces. Biscoe confirmed his support for the statewide order in a statement.

The state masking mandate goes into effect July 3. Enforcement includes up to a $250 fine for residents not wearing a mask in counties with more than 20 positive cases of COVID-19.

The order also grants mayors and county judges the authority to prohibit gatherings greater than 10 people except with special permission.

"At this time, Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe has no intention of putting in place a permitting process for such gatherings, at least through the July 4th holiday weekend," Travis County Public Information Officer Hector Nieto said in a press statement. "Therefore, per the Governor's order today, all such gatherings are prohibited in unincorporated areas of Travis County."

Abbott's decision to yield local leaders more control over large gatherings and coronavirus-related health mandates follows Biscoe's submission of a letter to the governor June 29, urging Abbott to "roll back" previous state restriction that limited local leaders from being able to take certain actions to safeguard the health of local communities.
By Olivia Aldridge
Olivia is the reporter for Community Impact's Southwest Austin edition. She graduated from Presbyterian College with a bachelor's degree in English and creative writing in 2017. Olivia was a reporter and producer at South Carolina Public Radio in Columbia, South Carolina before joining Community Impact in Austin.


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