Jim Wells County follows Gov. Abbott's Executive Order regarding face masks

Robin Bradshaw
Alice Echo News Journal

Effective Saturday, May 22, Jim Wells County commissioners ceased the original order signed on March 8 requiring face masks to be worn in the county courthouse. The order is in response to Governor Greg Abbott's Executive Order issued on Tuesday, May 20, prohibiting governmental entities in Texas including counties, cities, school districts, public health authorities, or government officials from requiring or mandating mask-wearing. 

Jim Wells County Courthouse

Exempt from the Executive Order are state-supported living centers, government-owned or operated hospitals, Texas Department of Criminal Justice facilities, Texas Juvenile Justice Department facilities, and county and municipal jails.

Public schools may continue to follow current mask-wearing guidelines through June 4. After June 4, no student, teacher, parent, or other staff member or visitor can be required to wear a mask while on campus.

Jim Wells County follows TX Gov. Abbott's mandate for individuals to be required to wear a mask in a government entity.

Abbott's order states that any local governments or officials that attempt to impose a mask mandate or impose a limitation inconsistent or conflicting with the Executive Order can be subject to a fine of up to $1,000.

"The Lone Star State continues to defeat COVID-19 through the use of widely-available vaccines, antibody therapeutic drugs, and safe practices utilized by Texans in our communities," said Governor Abbott. "Texans, not government, should decide their best health practices, which is why masks will not be mandated by public school districts or government entities. We can continue to mitigate COVID-19 while defending Texans' liberty to choose whether or not they mask up."

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