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Austin Mayor Steve Adler issued an order that requires businesses to mandate masks for customers and people who work there after a similar order issued by the Bexar County judge received the governor's approval.


"The Governor has now given us a path and we will act consistent with his statement," Adler said in a statement Wednesday night. "During this time, we will transition to a more direct order on masks, working with our business community so our whole city moves forward together and so that everyone can get prepared."


Read the full order.

Travis County Judge Sam Briscoe is considering a similar order, a spokesperson confirmed via text.

Previous efforts by local officials—including in Austin—to require masking have failed because of a May 1 executive order issued by the governor that explicitly prevented jurisdictions from mandating that people wear masks in public.

But Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff issued an order earlier today that requires businesses to make customers and employees wear masks while on the premises. Businesses have until Monday to comply, or risk a $1,000 fine.

During an interview with KWTX earlier today, Abbott said his executive order prevents local governments from requiring that individuals wear masks—but businesses are fair game.

"It turned out earlier today that the county judge in Bexar County finally figured that out," he said.

Abbott continued, explaining that businesses have "always had the opportunity and the ability, just like they can require people to require shoes and shirts, these businesses can require people to wear face masks if they come into their businesses."

Yesterday, Adler and eight other Texas mayors wrote Abbott a letter seeking the authority to regulate the use of face coverings in their cities amid the continued spread of COVID-19.

"We should trust local officials to make informed choices about health policy," the groups wrote. "And if mayors are given the opportunity to require face coverings, we believe our cities will be ready to help reduce the spread of this disease."

This article has been updated from the original.

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Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

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🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway