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Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe issued an order, effective at midnight through July 10, that prohibits any outdoor gatherings in excess of 100 people.

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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