People who violate the order may be punished with a fine of up to $1,000.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced yesterday that mayors and county judges could restrict outdoor gatherings of over 100 people in light of the "massive outbreak" in COVID-19 cases across the state. Previously, they could only restrict outdoor gatherings of more than 500 people.
The order does not apply to sporting events, swimming pools, amusement parks and other businesses that are allowed to operate at 50% per the governor's reopening plan.
Local health officials have attributed the outbreak to the state's reopening, Memorial Day festivities and loosening adherence to pandemic precautions.
The county judge's order will be in effect over the Fourth of July weekend.
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Journalists at the Austin American-Statesman and its six community newspapers won the right Wednesday to negotiate for a union contract.
The National Labor Relations Board in Fort Worth tallied the results of a newsroom election, in which 36 employees voted in favor of union representation and 12 voted against. The NLRB still must formally certify the election.
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In early February, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk told fellow Texas transplant Joe Rogan that Austin was the "biggest boomtown that America has seen in half a century."
Days later, thousands across the city had no access to running water or power as Winter Storm Uri devastated the region.