Fort Bend ISD to end mask mandate following state order; Gov. Abbott sets end for pandemic unemployment benefits; and more top Houston-area news

Effective June 5, Fort Bend ISD will no longer require students, staff, parents and visitors to wear masks in schools and district buildings. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)
Effective June 5, Fort Bend ISD will no longer require students, staff, parents and visitors to wear masks in schools and district buildings. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)

Effective June 5, Fort Bend ISD will no longer require students, staff, parents and visitors to wear masks in schools and district buildings. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Sugar Land-Missouri City

Fort Bend ISD reverses mask policy after order from Gov. Greg Abbott

Effective June 5, Fort Bend ISD will no longer require students, staff, parents and visitors to wear masks in schools and district buildings, the district said in a May 18 press release.

Statewide


Gov. Greg Abbott announces end-date for Texans to receive federal pandemic-related unemployment benefits

Effective June 26, unemployed Texans will no longer be eligible to receive the $300 weekly unemployment supplement from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program, as Gov. Greg Abbott informed the U.S. Department of Labor on May 17 that Texas would be opting out of further federal unemployment compensation related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sugar Land-Missouri City

Newmark Homes opens first model house in Missouri City's Village of Sienna Oaks

Newmark Homes opened the first model house in a new model home park in Missouri City’s Sienna master-planned community at 1923 Regal Water Drive, Missouri City.

The Woodlands

More than 50 homes priced at over $1M sold in The Woodlands area in April

Data on home sales in The Woodlands area from April shows that the highest number of homes sold were in the $200,000-$399,999 price range in the 77386 ZIP code.

Statewide

Public schools can't require students, staff to wear masks after June 4, Gov. Abbott says

Public schools cannot require students, teachers, parents, and other staff members or visitors to wear masks after June 4, Gov. Greg Abbott declared in an executive order issued May 18.

Claire Shoop, Hannah Zedaker, Vanessa Holt and Anna Lotz contributed to this report.