As Texas Mayors and County Judges Issue Orders Regarding Local Restrictions, City of Laredo Brings Back Stay-at-Home Order

June 30, 2020 | Insights



This article, originally published on June 25, 2020, has been updated as of June 30 to include additional city and county orders.

By Amanda Crouch, Julia Mann, Rick Garza, William Jenkins, Jay Rutherford, Sam Allen, & Jon Mark Hogg

In response to Governor Greg Abbott’s recent proclamation and the rise in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations in various parts of the state, county judges and mayors continue to issue orders related to restrictions and guidance for certain cities and counties:

City/County
Effective Dates
Context of Order
City of Laredo Beginning June 26, 2020 On June 26, 2020, the Mayor of Laredo issued an order requiring:

  • all individuals to stay at home except where necessary to provide or obtain services from business establishments as allowed in the order or to conduct essential services.
  • business establishments to operate at no more than 50% of the total listed occupancy unless otherwise provided for in Governor Abbott’s GA-28 or unless the business falls within the order’s exceptions.
  • all businesses (including not-for-profit entities) and commercial entities to develop and implement a Health and Safety Policy requiring face masks for all persons 10 years or older in areas where it is difficult to keep six feet away from other people or working in areas that involve close proximity with coworkers.

Additionally, the order recommends all persons 10 years or older to wear face masks in areas where it is difficult to keep six feet away from other people. It also imposes a curfew from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. for all persons under the age of 18 except as necessary to engage in any service or activity permitted by the order or GA-26.

The order was effective at 12:01 a.m. on June 26, 2020, and will continue unless otherwise extended, modified, or terminated.

City of College Station June 29, 2020 – July 10, 2020 On June 25, 2020, the Mayor of College Station issued an order requiring a Health and Safety Policy for commercial entities and requiring face masks for all persons 10 years or older in areas where it is difficult to keep six feet away from other people or working in areas that involve close proximity with coworkers. Additionally, large businesses or retailers are encouraged to establish special or designated shopping times for people who are considered high-risk for contracting COVID-19.

The order is in effect from 6 a.m. on June 29, 2020, through 11:59 p.m. on July 10, 2020.

Kleberg County June 29, 2020 – July 10, 2020 On June 22, 2020, the Kleberg County Judge issued an order requiring all commercial entities in Kleberg County to develop and implement a Health and Safety Policy requiring, at a minimum, that all employees or visitors to the commercial entity’s business premise or other facility wear face coverings when in an area or while 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. Additionally, the order requires all persons 10 years or older to wear face masks in areas where it is difficult to keep six feet away from other people.

The order is in effect from 6 a.m. on June 29, 2020, through 11:59 p.m. on July 10, 2020.

Milam County Beginning June 29, 2020 On June 25, 2020, the Milam County Judge issued an order declaring a local state of disaster for Milam County. The order also requires all commercial and retail business entities that are providing goods and services directly to the public to develop and implement a Health and Safety Policy that requires all employees, visitors, patrons, contractors, volunteers, and vendors to wear face coverings that cover the nose and mouth while on the business’s premises and deny entrance onto their premises and/or services to any person who fails to comply. The order also strongly encourages all persons over the age of 10 to wear a face mask covering for their nose and mouth when in a public place where it is difficult to keep six feet away from other people or working in close proximity with other coworkers.

The order is in effect from 12:01 a.m. on June 29, 2020, and will continue unless otherwise extended, modified, or terminated.

Navarro County Beginning June 29, 2020 On June 25, 2020, the Navarro County Judge issued an order requiring all commercial entities in Navarro County to develop and implement a Health and Safety Policy requiring, at a minimum, that all employees or visitors to the commercial entity’s business premise or other facility wear face coverings when in an area or while 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. Additionally, the order requires all persons 10 years or older to wear face masks in areas where it is difficult to keep six feet away from other people.

The order is in effect from 12:01 a.m. on June 29, 2020, and will continue unless otherwise extended, modified, or terminated.

Tarrant County June 25, 2020 – August 3, 2020 On June 25, 2020, County Judge B. Glen Whitley issued an Executive Order regarding COVID-19. The executive order requires all entities in Tarrant County providing goods or services directly to the public (including sole proprietorships) to develop and implement a Health and Safety Policy.

  • The Health and Safety Policy must require that all employees and visitors to the entity’s business premises wear face coverings when in an area or performing an activity that will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to co-workers or to the public.
  • The Health and Safety Policy must be posted in a conspicuous location sufficient to provide notice to employees and visitors by June 30, 2020. Failure to develop and implement the policy as required may result in a fine not to exceed $1,000 for each violation. The order provides an example policy.

Additionally, the order requires face coverings for all individuals in areas open to the public where social distancing is not feasible and where it is estimated that 100 people or more are present. The order strongly urges individuals to wear face coverings when in an area open to the public where it is difficult to keep six feet away from other people or working in areas that involve proximity with coworkers.

The Tarrant County executive order remains in effect until 6 a.m. on August 3, 2020, unless otherwise extended, modified, or terminated.

Jackson Walker has developed a model notice based on the minimum requirements of the order.

City of San Angelo
Tom Green County
Beginning June 24, 2020 On June 24, 2020, Mayor Brenda Gunter and County Judge Steve Floyd issued an Order Prohibiting Public Events of More than 100 People and Requiring Masks in All Auditoriums and Performance Halls.

  • The order prohibits all public outdoor gatherings within Tom Green County and all public gatherings in City-operated facilities with an estimated attendance in excess of 100 people.
  • Additionally, all theatres and performance halls must require all employees, volunteers and members of the audience to wear masks at all times they are inside the theatre or performance hall and not eating or drinking. The mask requirement does not apply to performers.
  • The order does not affect events approved through the City Council’s Special Events process within the City of San Angelo or those approved by the county judge for events outside of San Angelo city limits.
City of San Antonio Beginning June 24, 2020 On June 24, 2020, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg issued an addendum to its Eighth Declaration of Public Health Emergency Regarding COVID-19. The addendum prohibits outdoor gatherings estimated to be excess of 100 people.

Exceptions to the prohibition include:

  • 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;
  • religious services;
  • local government operations;
  • childcare services;
  • youth camps;
  • recreational sports programs for youths and adults;
  • professional, collegiate, or similar sporting events;
  • swimming pools;
  • water parks;
  • museums and libraries;
  • zoos, aquariums, natural caverns, and similar facilities;
  • rodeos and equestrian events; and
  • amusement parks and carnivals.
Jim Hogg County Order No. 1:
Beginning June 20, 2020Order No. 2:
Beginning June 22, 2020
Order No. 1

On June 22, 2020, the Jim Hogg County Judge issued an order requiring all commercial and retail business establishments that are not CISA services or religious services and that are providing goods and services directly to the public to develop and implement Health and Safety Practices that require employees and customers to wear some form of covering over their mouth and nose where social distancing is not possible. Additionally, the order requires all persons over the age of 3 to wear a face covering when obtaining or providing covered services. Finally, the order encourages and recommends that all persons shelter-at-home unless obtaining or providing for essential or reopened services and minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household.

The order is in effect from 12:01 a.m. on June 20, 2020, and will continue unless otherwise extended, modified or terminated.

Order No. 2

In a second order, the Jim Hogg County Judge established a curfew from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight until 5 a.m. on Friday. Individuals traveling through Jim Hogg County due to an emergency necessity, licensed health care providers and individuals who work for a company categorized as “essential” by the CDC are exempt from this order.

The curfew is in effect from June 22, 2020, and will continue unless otherwise extended, modified, or terminated.

Jim Wells County Beginning June 20, 2020 On June 22, 2020, the Jim Wells County Judge issued an order requiring all commercial and retail business establishments that are not CISA services or religious services and that are providing goods and services directly to the public to develop and implement Health and Safety Practices that require employees and customers to wear some form of covering over their mouth and nose where social distancing is not possible. Additionally, the order requires all persons over the age of three to wear a face covering when obtaining or providing covered services. Finally, the order encourages and recommends that all persons shelter-at-home unless obtaining or providing for essential or reopened services and minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household.

The order is in effect from 12:01 a.m. on June 20, 2020, and will continue unless otherwise extended, modified or terminated.

Brooks County Beginning June 19, 2020 On June 18, 2020, the Brooks County Judge issued an order requiring all commercial and retail business establishments that are not CISA services or religious services and that are providing goods and services directly to the public to develop and implement Health and Safety Practices that require employees and customers to wear some form of covering over their mouth and nose where social distancing is not possible. Additionally, the order requires all persons over the age of three to wear a face covering when obtaining or providing covered services. Finally, the order encourages and recommends that all persons shelter-at-home unless obtaining or providing for essential or reopened services and minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household.

The order is in effect from 12:01 a.m. on June 19, 2020, and will continue unless otherwise extended, modified, or terminated.

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For further information about how these orders may affect your business, to discuss developing a comprehensive health and safety plan, or for other Coronavirus-related assistance, please contact
Brad Nitschke, Rick Garza, Jay Rutherford, Jon Mark Hogg, or any member of Jackson Walker’s Labor & Employment group. Jackson Walker’s COVID-19 Task Force will continue to follow local orders from mayors and county judges and post updates at JW.com/Coronavirus.

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Please note: This article and any resources presented on the Jackson Walker Coronavirus microsite do not constitute legal or medical advice.


In This Story

Samuel S. Allen
Partner, San Angelo
Amanda N. Crouch
Associate, San Antonio
Richard G. Garza
Partner, San Antonio
Jon Mark Hogg
Partner, San Angelo
William R. Jenkins
Partner, Fort Worth
Julia W. Mann
Partner, San Antonio
Jay K. Rutherford
Partner, Fort Worth

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