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Texas Businesses Now Must Decide: Require Face Masks or Not

As small-business owners and managers across Texas went to work Wednesday morning, they faced yet another 2021 headache: deal with losing business from customers who don’t want to wear face masks during the pandemic or from patrons who will only …

Texas Governor Calls for COVID-19 Liability Protections for Businesses

In his State of the State address on Feb. 2, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott advocated liability protections for businesses faced with lawsuits related to the coronavirus pandemic. In his prepared remarks, Abbott said business owners “have gone above and beyond …

Texas Governor Vows to Fight President Biden’s Energy, Climate Agenda

Gov. Greg Abbott, looking to show an early contrast with President Joe Biden, visited the Permian Basin on Jan. 28 and announced a series of steps the state would be taking to push back against the new Democratic administration when …

Texas Governor Urging Protections for Businesses from Virus-Related Lawsuits

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he is pushing state lawmakers to protect individuals and companies that opened businesses during the pandemic against coronavirus-related lawsuits. While the governor did not provide specifics about what protections he wants businesses to have, he …

Texas Governor Extends Coronavirus Disaster Declaration

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has renewed the state’s disaster declaration in response to the coronavirus pandemic as the state approaches nearly 13,500 deaths. When Abbott first issued his emergency order on March 13, state officials hadn’t yet reported any confirmed …

Texas Governor Extends Disaster Declaration for COVID-19

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has extended a statewide disaster declaration he first issued in March to allow the state to better respond to the coronavirus pandemic. “Renewing this Disaster Declaration will provide communities with the resources they need to respond …

Texas Leaders Warn of Hospital Limits, Ask for Lockdowns Amid Virus Surge

Leaders in two of Texas’ biggest cities are calling on the governor to empower local governments to order residents to stay home as the state’s continued surge in coronavirus cases tests hospital capacity. Austin Mayor Steve Adler told CNN’s “State …

Texas Bar Owners Sue Governor Over Recent Shutdown Order

Hoping to block Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision ordering Texas bars to close due to a rise in coronavirus cases, more than 30 bar owners filed a lawsuit on June 29 challenging Abbott’s emergency order. The lawsuit, first reported by the …

Texas Bars Ordered to Close Again, Restaurants Reduced to 50% Occupancy as Virus Spreads

Gov. Greg Abbott has taken his most drastic action yet to respond to the post-reopening coronavirus surge in Texas, shutting bars back down and scaling back restaurant capacity to 50%. He also shut down river-rafting trips, which have been blamed …

Texas’ Bexar County Orders Face Mask Use to Fight COVID-19; Fines Possible

Officials in the San Antonio area have ordered people to wear face masks in public when social distancing isn’t possible and warned that businesses could face fines of up to $1,000 for failing to comply with county health policies in …