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Austin Mayor Steve Adler issued a "Stay Home, Mask, and Otherwise Be Safe" order, effective from noon today until Aug. 15, requiring all individuals to wear masks and social distance. The order prohibits outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people.


"It is now on each of us to do our part for our communities & for our loved ones especially this HOLIDAY weekend," Adler tweeted Friday morning.

The mandate arrives after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced yesterday a new executive order requiring most Texans to wear masks and granting local officials the right to prohibit certain outdoor gatherings.

The order requires Austin residents to:

  • Wear face coverings that fit snugly over their nose and mouth, with limited exceptions
  • Practice social distancing except in the presence of members of their own household
  • Isolate, along with members of their household, in case they have tested positive or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test

It also recommends:

  • Austinites avoid social gatherings of any size, especially if they are a member of a high-risk group, and stay home except to conduct essential activities
  • Reopened businesses keep an activity log with contact information for all inside or sit-down customers and operate at a lower capacity than allowed

Violators may be fined up to $250.

Travis County will also "actively enforce" the governor's order, Public Information Officer Hector Nieto said in a July 2 statement.

Travis County reported 571 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 71 new COVID-19 hospital admissions on Thursday evening.

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