Face coverings, Killen’s Barbecue opening and more: Most popular news from the Houston area this week

Gov. Greg Abbott urged Texans to wear face coverings in public to help slow the spread of COVID-19. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Greg Abbott urged Texans to wear face coverings in public to help slow the spread of COVID-19. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)

Gov. Greg Abbott urged Texans to wear face coverings in public to help slow the spread of COVID-19. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read this week's most popular news from the Greater Houston area.

As COVID-19 cases rise, Gov. Abbott says 'closing Texas down again will always be the last option’

As Texans see an uptick in confirmed cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations related to the virus, Gov. Greg Abbott announced no new restrictions for businesses and gatherings in the state during a June 22 press conference.

Face coverings: How they work and common misconceptions

Dr. Jill Weatherhead, an infectious disease and tropical medicine expert with the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, said face coverings are a crucial part of the puzzle in slowing the spread of the coronavirus, especially in areas where social distancing of 6 feet cannot easily be maintained.



Killen's Barbecue announces summer opening in The Woodlands

Killen's Barbecue has purchased a second property in The Woodlands and plans to open later this summer.

Businesses and restaurants in Harris County must begin requiring face coverings June 22

All commercial businesses that service the public in Harris County must begin requiring employees and patrons to wear face coverings under a new executive order signed by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo on June 19.

Texas teachers union: Teachers need spot at the table when developing plans for next school year

As school districts make plans for how to deliver instruction to students in the fall, the Texas American Federation of Teachers is asking district leadership to include teachers in the conversation.

Danica Lloyd, Shawn Arraji, Andrew Christman and Claire Shoop contributed to this report.


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Harris County leaders discussed this week whether to raise or lower property taxes. (Courtesy Fotolia)
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Texas allows limited visitations to nursing homes, long-term care facilities

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HomeAid Houston partnered with Boys and Girls Country to open three cottages in Hockley. (Courtesy Boys and Girls Country)
Builders partner to serve homeless population through nonprofit HomeAid Houston

Since launching in 2003, the organization has helped provide 20,000 beds for homeless individuals in the Houston area.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner's police reform task force is gathering more community input. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Police reform task force asks Houston residents to share opinions through Aug. 9

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The 2020 U.S. census response rate is already lagging behind 2010 numbers, and officials said the shortened timeline only increases the chances of an undercount. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
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The farm-to-table restaurant plans to create 90 jobs and offer familiar American meals. (Courtesy Whiskey Cake)
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Proposed League City budget includes property tax rate decrease

The proposed fiscal year 2020-21 budget for League City, which begins Oct. 1, includes a property tax rate drop and decreases in operating and capital project expenses.