Tag Archives: Gov. Greg Abbott

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 by Seth Smalley

Governor’s order in August took millions from local public service projects

In August, following a meeting between the Capital Area Council of Governments and the governor’s office, 15 projects and nonprofits, including the SAFE Alliance and Asian Family Support Services of Austin, lost funding they were offered in April. Because of…

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 by Ashley Lopez, KUT

Here’s what’s in Texas Republicans’ new voting law

Editor’s Note: Senate Bill 1, Texas’ restrictive new voting bill, was the law of the Lone Star State for barely an hour when civil rights groups launched a slew of lawsuits aimed at striking down the law. A federal lawsuit…

Thursday, August 12, 2021 by Audrey McGlinchy, KUT

Austin and Travis County officials mandate mask-wearing in city and county property, public schools

Austin and Travis County officials are mandating people over the age of 2 wear a mask on public property, including in buildings owned by the city and county and in public schools. “Today’s order to require masks in certain places…

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 by Elizabeth Pagano

AISD requires masks for all, despite Abbott’s order

Facing spiking Covid cases and a fast-approaching fall semester, the Austin Independent School District has made the decision to require face masks in defiance of an executive order issued by Gov. Greg Abbott.  “I am responsible for the safety, the…

Thursday, July 29, 2021 by Jo Clifton

Mayor, manager at odds over requiring vaccinations

On Wednesday, Mayor Steve Adler urged City Manager Spencer Cronk to require all city employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19, with a few exceptions. His comments came in an emailed press release. A few hours later, a city spokesperson released…

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 by Andrew Weber, KUT

Texas is lifting its mask mandate and Covid restrictions on businesses. Here’s what that means.

Lee esta historia en español. Texas is reopening 100 percent, ending the statewide mask mandate and lifting Covid-related restrictions on businesses. Here’s a rundown of Gov. Greg Abbott’s order and what it means for local officials, schools and businesses. What…

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 by Andrew Weber, KUT

‘It is now time to open Texas 100 percent,’ Gov. Greg Abbott says

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced he’s lifting statewide executive orders that limit occupancy for businesses and require Texans to wear masks in public spaces. “Effective next Wednesday, all businesses of any type are allowed to open 100 percent,” Abbott said.…

Thursday, October 8, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

Abbott allows Texas bars to open again

Texas bars will soon be allowed to open at 50 percent capacity indoors at the discretion of the presiding county judge, according to a new order from Gov. Greg Abbott. Abbott’s newest executive order applies to areas with “low Covid-19…

Thursday, October 1, 2020 by Ashley Lopez, KUT

Travis County officials plan to fight governor’s order limiting drop-off sites for mail-in ballots

Travis County officials say they plan to fight Gov. Greg Abbott’s order limiting the number of locations where voters may hand-deliver their mail-in ballots. Abbott announced the order Thursday, the same day local election officials opened the four drop-off sites.…

Monday, September 21, 2020 by Jerry Quijano, KUT

Austin Public Health official says governor relaxed capacity rules too soon

Lee esta historia en español. Austin Public Health’s interim health authority says he would have rather waited a few more weeks before easing capacity restrictions for businesses in the area. On Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott announced that many businesses, including…

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy, KUT

Gov. Abbott proposes freezing property tax revenue in cities that cut police funding

In the hopes of discouraging cities from reducing money spent on police, Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday he and other state leaders support the passage of a bill halting a property tax revenue increase for any Texas city that cuts…

Thursday, July 9, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Council seeks to add teeth to virus regulations

Mayor Steve Adler is proposing two ordinances: one would authorize the city health authority – in this case Dr. Mark Escott – to adopt rules protecting people from Covid 19 and create a class C misdemeanor with a fine of…

Thursday, July 2, 2020 by Marisa Charpentier, KUT

Gov. Abbott issues order requiring Texans to wear face coverings in public

People in Texas counties with more than 20 COVID-19 cases will be required to wear face coverings when in public starting Friday — and those who don’t could be fined. Gov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order Thursday mandating people…

Thursday, June 18, 2020 by Marisa Charpentier, KUT

With Abbott’s green light, Austin will require businesses to enforce mask rules

While the governor has said Texans can’t face penalties for not wearing face coverings, cities and counties can apparently mandate that businesses require their customers to wear masks. Austin Mayor Steve Adler issued an order Wednesday requiring businesses to start…

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by Ashley Lopez, KUT

Gov. Abbott says Texas has enough hospital beds to handle increase in Covid-19 cases

There’s no reason to panic over a recent uptick in hospitalizations due to Covid-19, Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday. Although Texas has had a record number of people being hospitalized for Covid-19 in the past several days, Abbott said during…

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy, KUT

Texas governor warns of out-of-state agitators, but protesters arrested in Austin were from here

Gov. Greg Abbott warned during a press conference Tuesday that people are coming to Texas from outside of the state to protest violently. “Some of the violence that we’re seeing is not being done by people who reside in Dallas…

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 by Marisa Charpentier, KUT

Water parks, adult sports programs, mall food courts can reopen this month

Water parks, recreational sports programs for adults, driver education programs and food-court dining areas in malls can reopen this month with certain occupancy restrictions and health protocols, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday. Water parks can open at 25 percent occupancy…

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Ahead of Abbott’s reopening, Council members urge state to address Covid-19 in East Austin

Ahead of Gov. Greg Abbott’s moves on Monday to allow more Texas businesses to reopen and cope with the Covid-19 pandemic, four members of City Council representing East Austin urged the state to do more to protect vulnerable communities from…

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by Marisa Charpentier, KUT

Texas attorney general warns some Austin-Travis County Covid-19 orders are ‘unlawful’

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sent a letter to Austin Mayor Steve Adler and outgoing Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt on Tuesday saying some of the requirements in their local public health orders are unlawful and “likely to confuse residents.”…

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 by Marisa Charpentier, KUT

Gov. Abbott says Texas salons and barbershops can reopen Friday

Hair salons, barbershops, nail salons and tanning salons may reopen starting Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott announced. Gyms, nonessential manufacturers and businesses that work out of office buildings will be allowed to reopen May 18, with certain restrictions. “Our ability to…

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