Current County & State Executive orders

Texas Executive Orders GA-28 & GA-29
Gov. Abbott recently announced two new Executive Orders that slows the Open Texas phases & mandates face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Texas. Most businesses may remain partially reopen, but may not increase their occupancy limits at this time. Additionally, face coverings are required in most public spaces where social distance is not achievable.
Download the full orders here:
Exec. Order GA-28: Slow the Spread in Texas
Exec. Order GA-29: Face Covering Requirements
Proclamation: Amending GA-28 Mandates Related to Gatherings

Brief Summary of Executive Order GA-28 & GA-29:
 - Anyone 10-years-old and older must wear a face covering while in
   commercial buildings and other public areas where maintaining social
   distance is not achievable (exceptions listed below)
 - Certain businesses must reduce their occupancy or close completely
    Please see below for full details.
 - Most outdoor events or gathers that plan to have 100 or more people in
   attendance are prohibited unless the mayor of the city the event is held or
   county judge in the unincorporated areas approves the gatherings
    Please see below for full details.
 - Strongly encourage anyone who is 65 or older to stay home as
   much as possible & avoid contact with anyone who has been
   outside the home
- People shall not visit nursing homes, state supported living centers,
  assisted living facilities, or long-term care facilities unless to provide
  critical assistance as determined through guidance from the Texas
  Health and Human Services Commission
- All people and businesses should follow the minimum standard health
  protocols published by the Texas Department of State Health
  Services (DSHS) and follow the guidelines from the President and the CDC

Mandates in Executive Order GA-29
Every person in Texas shall wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when inside a commercial entity or other building or space open to the public, or when in an outdoor public space, wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household; provided, however, that this face-covering requirement does not apply to the following:
1. any person younger than 10 years of age;
2. any person with a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a
    face covering;
3. any person while the person is consuming food or drink, or is seated at a
    restaurant to eat or drink;
4. any person while the person is (a) exercising outdoors or engaging in
    physical activity outdoors, and (b) maintaining a safe distance from other
    people not in the same household;
5. any person while the person is driving alone or with passengers who are
    part of the same household as the driver;
6. any person obtaining a service that requires temporary removal of the face     covering for security surveillance, screening, or a need for specific access
    to the face, such as while visiting a bank or while obtaining a personal care
    service involving the face, but only to the extent necessary for the
    temporary removal;
7. any person while the person is in a swimming pool, lake, or similar body of
    water;
8. any person who is voting, assisting a voter, serving as a poli watcher, or
    actively administering an election, but wearing a face covering is strongly
    encouraged;
9. any person who is actively providing or obtaining access to religious
    worship, but wearing a face covering is strongly encouraged;
10. any person while the person is giving a speech for a broadcast or to an
      audience; or
11. any person in a county (a) that meets the requisite criteria promulgated by
      the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) regarding minimal
      cases of COVID-19, and (b) whose county judge has affirmatively opted-
      out of this face-covering requirement by filing with TDEM the required
      face-covering attestation form—provided, however, that wearing a face
      covering is highly recommended, and every county is strongly
      encouraged to follow these face-covering standards.

Not excepted from this face-covering requirement is any person attending a protest or demonstration involving more than 10 people and who is not practicing safe social distancing of six feet from other people not in the same household.

TDEM shall maintain on its website a list of counties that are not subject to this face-covering requirement pursuant to paragraph number 11. The list can be found at: www.tdem.texas.gov/ga29.

Following a verbal or written warning for a first-time violator of this face covering requirement, a person’s second violation shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $250. Each subsequent violation shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $250 per violation.

Local law enforcement and other local officials, as appropriate, can and should enforce this executive order, Executive Order GA-28, and other effective executive orders, as well as local restrictions that are consistent with this executive order and other effective executive orders. But no law enforcement or other official may detain, arrest, or confine in jail any person for a violation of this executive order or for related non-violent, non-felony offenses that are predicated on a violation of this executive order; provided, however, that any official with authority to enforce this executive order may act to enforce trespassing laws and remove violators at the request of a business establishment or other property owner.

This executive order hereby prohibits confinement in jail as a penalty for the violation of any face-covering order by any jurisdiction.

Executive Order GA-28 is hereby amended to delete from paragraph number 15 the phrase: “, but no jurisdiction can impose a civil or criminal penalty for failure to wear a face covering.”

The governor may by proclamation amend this executive order or add to the list of people to whom this face-covering requirement does not apply.

This executive order does not supersede Executive Orders GA-10, GA-13, GA-17, GA 19, GA-24, GA-25, GA-27, or GA-28 as amended. This executive order shall remain in effect and in full force until modified, amended, rescinded, or superseded by the governor.

Mandates in Executive Order GA-28 (as amended)
Every business establishment in Texas shall operate at no more than 50 percent of the total listed occupancy of the establishment; provided, however, that:
1. There is no occupancy limit for the following:
      a. any services listed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s
         Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in its Guidance
         on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, Version 3.1 or any
         subsequent version;
      b. religious services conducted in churches, congregations, and houses of
          worship;
      c. local government operations, including county and municipal
          governmental operations relating to licensing (including marriage
          licenses), permitting, recordation, and document-filing services, as
          determined by the local government;
      d. child-care services;
      e. youth camps, including but not limited to those defined as such under
          Chapter 141 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, and including all
          summer camps and other daytime and overnight camps for youths; and
      f. recreational sports programs for youths and adults;
2. Except as provided below by paragraph number 5, this 50 percent
    occupancy limit does not apply to outdoor areas, events, or
    establishments, except that the following outdoor areas or outdoor venues
    shall operate at no more than 50 percent of the normal operating limits as
    determined by the owner:
      a. professional, collegiate, or similar sporting events;
      b. swimming pools;
      c. water parks;
      d. museums and libraries;
      e. zoos, aquariums, natural caverns, and similar facilities; and
      f. rodeos and equestrian events;
3. This 50 percent occupancy limit does not apply to the following
    establishments that operate with at least six feet of social distancing
    between work stations:
      a. cosmetology salons, hair salons, barber shops, nail salons/shops, and
          other establishments where licensed cosmetologists or barbers
          practice their trade;
      b. massage establishments and other facilities where licensed massage
          therapists or other persons licensed or otherwise authorized to practice
          under Chapter 455 of the Texas Occupations Code practice their trade;
          and
      c. other personal-care and beauty services such as tanning salons, tattoo
          studios, piercing studios, hair removal services, and hair loss treatment
          and growth services;
4. Amusement parks shall operate at no more than 50 percent of the normal
    operating limits as determined by the owner;
5. For any outdoor gathering in excess of 100 10 people, other than those set
    forth above in paragraph numbers 1, 2, or 4, the gathering is prohibited
    unless the mayor of the city in which the gathering is held, or the county
    judge in the case of a gathering in an unincorporated area, approves of
    the gathering, and such approval can be made subject to certain
    conditions or restrictions not inconsistent with this executive order; 

    (amended from 100 to 10 people in the Proclamation)
6. For dine-in services by restaurants that have less than 51 percent of their
    gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages, the occupancy limit
    shall remain at 75 percent until 12:01 a.m. on June 29, 2020, at which time
    such restaurants may only operate at up to 50 percent of the total listed
    occupancy of the restaurant, subject to paragraph number 9 below;
7. People shall not visit bars or similar establishments that hold a permit from
    the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) and are not restaurants
    as defined above in paragraph number 6; provided, however, that the use
    by such bars or similar establishments of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery
    options for food and drinks is allowed to the extent authorized by TABC;
 8. People shall not use commercial rafting or tubing services, including rental
     of rafts or tubes and transportation of people for the purpose of rafting or
     tubing;
9. For any business establishment that is subject to a 50 percent “total listed
    occupancy” limit or “normal operating limit,” and that is in a county that has     filed with DSHS, and is in compliance with, the requisite attestation form
    promulgated by DSHS regarding minimal cases of COVID-19, the business
    establishment may operate at up to 75 percent of the total listed occupancy
    or normal operating limit of the establishment;

10. for purposes of this executive order, facilities with retractable roofs are
      considered indoor facilities, whether the roof is opened or closed;
11. Staff members are not included in determining operating levels, except for
      manufacturing services and office workers;
12. Except as provided in this executive order or in the minimum standard
      health protocols recommended by DSHS, found at
      www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus, people should not be in groups larger
      than ten and should maintain six feet of social distancing from those not in
      their group;
13. People over the age of 65 are strongly encouraged to stay at home as
      much as possible; to maintain appropriate distance from any member of
      the household who has been out of the residence in the previous 14 days;
      and, if leaving the home, to implement social distancing and to practice
      good hygiene, environmental cleanliness, and sanitation;
14. In providing or obtaining services, every person (including individuals,
      businesses, and other legal entities) should use good-faith efforts and
      available resources to follow the minimum standard health protocols
      recommended by DSHS;
15. Nothing in this executive order or the DSHS minimum standards
      precludes requiring a customer to follow additional hygiene measures\
      when obtaining services. Individuals are encouraged to wear appropriate
      face coverings, but no jurisdiction can impose a civil or criminal penalty
      for failure to wear a face covering; *(GA-29 removes this phrase)
16. People shall not visit nursing homes, state supported living centers,
      assisted living facilities, or long-term care facilities unless as determined
      through guidance from the Texas Health and Human Services
      Commission (HHSC). Nursing homes, state supported living centers,
      assisted living facilities, and long-term care facilities should follow
      infection control policies and practices set forth by HHSC, including
      minimizing the movement of staff between facilities whenever possible;
      and
17. For the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, public schools may
      resume operations for the summer as provided by, and under the
      minimum standard health protocols found in, guidance issued by the
      Texas Education Agency (TEA). Private schools and institutions of higher
      education are encouraged to establish similar standards. Notwithstanding
      anything herein to the contrary, schools may conduct graduation
      ceremonies consistent with the minimum standard health protocols found
      in guidance issued by TEA.

Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the governor may by proclamation add to the list of establishments or venues that people shall not visit.

This executive order shall supersede any conflicting order issued by local officials in response to the COVID-19 disaster, but only to the extent that such a local order restricts services allowed by this executive order, allows gatherings prohibited by this executive order, or expands the list or scope of services as set forth in this executive order. Pursuant to Section 418.0 16(a) of the Texas Government Code, I hereby suspend Sections 418.1015(b) and 418.10$ of the Texas Government Code, Chapter 81, Subchapter E of the Texas Health and Safety Code, and any other relevant statutes, to the extent necessary to ensure that local officials do not impose restrictions in response to the COVID-19 disaster that are inconsistent with this executive order, provided that local officials may enforce this executive order as well as local restrictions that are consistent with this executive order.

All existing state executive orders relating to COVID-19 are amended to eliminate confinement in jail as an available penalty for violating the executive orders. To the extent any order issued by local officials in response to the COVID-19 disaster would allow confinement in jail as an available penalty for violating a COVID-l9 related order, that order allowing confinement in jail is superseded, and I hereby suspend all relevant laws to the extent necessary to ensure that local officials do not confine people in jail for violating any executive order or local order issued in response to the COVID-19 disaster.

This executive order supersedes Executive Order GA-26, but does not supersede Executive Orders GA-b, GA-13, GA-17, GA-19, GA-24, GA-25, or GA-27. This executive order shall remain in effect and in full force unless it is modified, amended, rescinded, or superseded by the governor. This executive order may also be amended by proclamation of the governor.

San Patricio County Executive Order DK-04
County Judge David Krebs announced a new executive order that established new mandates regarding masks and creation of health safety policies. Executive Order DK-04 takes effect July 1, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. This order continues through July 31, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.
Download the full order here: Executive Order DK-04

Brief Summary of Executive Order DK-04:
 - All commercial entities must create and post a health safety policy
 - All employees and customers/visitors must wear a mask within the facilities
   where 6 feet of separation between yourself and others not of the same
   household is not achievable
 - All people 10-years-old and older must wear a face covering over their nose
   and mouth when in public where 6 feet of separation between yourself and
   others not of the same household is not achievable
 - Maintain social distance, avoid touching your face, wash your hands &
   face coverings regularly


Mandates in Executive Order DK-04
PURSUANT TO TEXAS DISASTER ACT OF 1975, SAN PATRICIO COUNTY JUDGE DAVID R. KREBS HEREBY ISSUES THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER AS FOLLOWS:

Effective as of 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, July 1,2020 ("Effective Date"), and continuing through July 31, 2020 unless extended, modified or terminated early by San Patricio County Judge David R. Krebs or as otherwise indicated below: 

I. Public Health Emergency. That this Executive Order shall continue the
   local disaster declaration and public health emergency for San Patricio
   County for the period specified in this Executive Order and shall incorporate
   and adopt the most recent executive order GA-28 issued by Governor
   Abbott on June 26, 2020, and any subsequent orders by the Governor
   relating to the expanded opening of Texas in response to the COVID-19
   disaster

II. Health and Safety Policy - Commercial EntitiesFrom the date of this
    Executive Order, all commercial entities in San Patricio County provided
    goods or services directly to the public must develop and implement a
    health and safety policy ("Health and Safety Policy"). The Health and
    Safety Policy must require, at a minimum, that all employees or visitors to
    the commercial entity’s business premises or other facilities wear face
    coverings when in an area or performing an activity which will necessarily
    involve close contact or proximity to co-workers or the public where six feet
    of separation is not feasible. The Health and Safety Policy required to be
    developed and implemented by this Executive Order may also include the
    implementation of other mitigating measures designed to control and
    reduce the transmission of COVID-19 such as temperature checks or
    health screenings. Commercial entities must post the Health and Safety
    Policy required this Executive Order in a conspicuous location sufficient to
    provide notice to employees and visitors of all health and safety
    requirements. Failure to develop and implement the Health Safety Policy
    required by this Executive Order within five (5) calendar days following the
    Effective Date may result in a fine not to exceed $1,000 for each violation. 

III. Face Coverings - General Public. That all people 10 years or older shall
     wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when in a public place
     where it is difficult to keep six feet away from other people or working in
     areas that involve close proximity with other coworkers. The CDC advises
     face coverings for people 2 years or older. Face coverings may include
     homemade masks, scarfs, bandanas, or a handkerchief. San Patricio
     County residents should continue to maintain social distancing of at least
     six feet while outside their home. San Patricio County employees are also
     required to wear face coverings under the same circumstances as the
     general public. 

IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU NOT OBTAIN OR WEAR MEDICAL MASKS or N-95 RESPIRATORS AS THEY ARE A NEEDED RESOURCE FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS. 
Our healthcare workers and first responders on the front-line combating COVID-19 must have priority access to medical masks or other personal protective equipment. Face coverings do not need to be worn in the following circumstances:
 - When exercising outside or engaging in physical activity outside
 - While driving alone or with passengers who are part of the same household
   as the driver
 - When doing so poses a greater mental or physical health, safety, or
   security risk
 - While pumping gas or operating outdoor equipment While in a building or
   activity that requires security surveillance or screening, for example, banks  - When consuming food or drink 

Please note that face coverings are a secondary strategy to other mitigation efforts. Face coverings are not a replacement for social distancing, frequent handwashing, and self-isolation when sick. All people should follow CDC recommendations for how to wear and take off a mask. Residents should keep up the following habits while in public:
 - washing hands before you leave home and when you return,
 - staying at least six feet away from others,
 - avoiding touching nose or face,
 - not using disposable masks more than three times, and
 - washing reusable cloth masks regularly to prevent the spread of the virus.

Consistent with Executive Order GA-28 issued by Governor Greg Abbott, no civil or criminal penalty will be imposed on individuals for failure to wear a face covering. 

IV. San Patricio County Courthouse. That the San Patricio County
     Courthouse shall continue to have limited point of access at the Market
     Street entrance, subject to modification as deemed necessary by the
     County Judge, and that all other county-owned or leased buildings have a
     single controlled point of entrance. Further, all citizens and employees
     may be appropriately screened before entering any San Patricio County
     owned or leased building. At the control points, citizens and employees
     may be asked certain risk-related questions and their temperature taken
     by least obtrusive means. Any individual with a temperature exceeding
    100.4°F or who fails the screening process will not be allowed to enter the
     building. Citizens are encouraged to call the department or office you are
     attempting to visit prior to visiting a county-owned or leased facility. All
     social distancing measures must be implemented at the above-described
     control points and while in any San Patricio County facility. 

V. San Patricio County Essential BusinessThat residents of San Patricio
    County conduct essential San Patricio County business online or via
    regular mail to avoid visiting any San Patricio County facilities unless
    absolutely necessary. 

VI. SeverabilityThe sections, paragraphs, sentences, clauses and phrases
     of this Executive Order are severable and if any phrase, clause, sentence,
     paragraph or section of this Executive Order should be declared invalid by
     the final judgement or decree of any court or competent jurisdiction, such
     invalidity shall not affect any of the remaining phrases, clauses,
     sentences, paragraphs and sections that can be given effect without the
     invalid provision, and to this end, the provisions of this Executive Order
     are severable. 

VII. Interpretation and Additional TermsTo the greatest extent possible,
      this Executive Order shall be interpreted as consistent with and
      supplemental to any executive order issued by the Texas Governor. All
      provisions of the executive orders of the Texas Governor either existing
      or as, if and when issued, which are made applicable to all jurisdictions by
      law shall be automatically incorporated into and constitute terms of this
      Executive Order, enforceable as if set forth herein without necessity for
      the issuance of any further orders.

VIII. EnforcementExcepting Section III of this Executive Order and in
       accordance with the limitations contained in the executive orders of
       Governor Greg Abbott, that any peace officer or other person with lawful
       authority is hereby authorized to enforce the provisions of this Executive
       Order in accordance with the authority granted under the Texas Disaster
       Act of 1975.