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Tourists walk in the city center of Fredericksburg in early June. Just weeks before coronavirus cases began to increase in South Texas, visitation began to pick up after a drop off in March and April.
Dominic Anthony Walsh | Texas Public Radio

The sheriffs for two Hill Country counties say they can't — and won't — enforce Gov. Greg Abbott's statewide mask order.

An employee boards up a bar on Sixth Street in Austin after Gov. Greg Abbott closed bars in Texas for the second time in three months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas Tribune

Hoping to block Gov. Greg Abbott’s Friday decision ordering Texas bars to close due to a rise in coronavirus cases, more than 30 bar owners filed a lawsuit Monday challenging Abbott’s emergency order.

This post was updated on Monday, June 29, at 6:05 p.m. 

Dennis Bonnen, a conservative Republican and Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, is urging “so-called patriots” to wear facial coverings to prevent transmission of the highly contagious novel coronavirus and its disease COVID-19.


Line in front of H-E-B in deco district about 7:40 am. People at front said they had arrived at 6:30 am.
Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio

Since mid-April, San Antonio has required masks in spaces where social distancing is difficult, but that didn't include H-E-B. The Texan grocery chain has never had a policy that requires customers to wear masks — until today.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Tuesday the state's highest-ever number of new COVID-19 cases: 2,622.

He also reported a second record high: 2,518 people hospitalized with the virus in Texas, up from 2,326 a day earlier.

Dominic Anthony Walsh / Texas Public Radio

More than a year after the collapse of the Lake Dunlap dam, plaintiffs’ attorney Douglas Sutter and lawyers for the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) are set to meet in June ahead of an October trial. The trial will decide the future of four Texas lakes. 

Gov. Greg Abbott is trying to restart the Texas economy with the relaxation of social distancing guidelines and allowing many businesses to reopen to the public.


Pandemic Leads To Increased Conflicts Between State And Local Governments In Texas

May 6, 2020
Miguel Gutierrez | POOL via The Texas Tribune & Harris County Judge | Twitter

Two weeks ago, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo stood before a podium at TranStar wearing a face mask, to announce she was signing an order requiring people to wear face coverings in public.

From Texas Standard:

Since the coronavirus outbreak began in Texas, state and local officials have had to make difficult decisions to protect Texans' health and safety. Some of those decisions have had dire economic consequences.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said they agree with parts of Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan to reopen  certain businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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