The statewide face covering requirement was lifted for Llano County as of Wednesday, Sept. 23. County Judge Ron Cunningham requested the county be exempt from Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order in a letter Sept. 16 to the Texas Division of Emergency Management.
“Public and private schools, civic organizations, businesses, and city governments may still require face coverings for their students, members, employees, and patrons,” reads a statement from Cunningham. “Persons who refuse to abide by these requirements are subject to removal, denial of service and in some cases law enforcement action.”
The county became eligible for an exemption when its number of active COVID-19 cases fell below 20 active cases for 14 consecutive days. Llano County’s count has stayed under 20 for a 30-day period.
“As previously stated, this is a fluid situation and the number of active and recovered cases will fluctuate,” Cunningham continued. “In the event our numbers exceed 20 active cases, Llano County will be required to once again follow (Executive Order) GA-29.”
Llano is one of 57 counties out of the state’s 254 that have been granted an exemption.
Cunningham urged Llano County residents to continue to follow Texas Department of State Health Services recommendations to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, which include:
avoiding close contact with people who are sick
washing hands often for 20 seconds
using hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol
covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throwing it away
avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
disinfecting surfaces, buttons, handles, knobs, and other frequently touched places