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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: 

  • social distancing
  • 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

alex@thepicayune.com

10 thoughts on “UPDATE: State exempts Llano County from mask order

  1. We are all in it together. It is easy to avoid people who are sick. And if you are not trained to spot sick people from a mile away you are part of the problem. Sort of like head lice just mind your own business and keep your distance. One place you can go and definitely get exposed is to the Doctor’s office. You get exposed tuberculosis, Aids, MRSA, hepatitis, the clap. The medical industry spreads it on purpose. Just think how many people would not spread germs if it were mandatory to wear masks at the hospitals and clinics (not just during surgery) from here on out.. not only that but why has that not been standard protocol all along?

  2. This is obviously a political move! Horseshoe Bay is a resort With hundreds of out-of-town people coming in weekly. Quail Point and the Hotel continue to have weddings And Events which makes the older population vulnerable without masks! Some people can have COVID-19 and never show symptoms. It’s difficult to keep an accurate account when folks with symptoms stay home and wait it out. One person with COVID-19 Can expose another, and by the end of the week you have quadrupled those cases.

  3. great no mask is great . the only reason they were made mandatory is some people have no common sense .
    sure keep good hygiene and for the sake of everyone else stay home if your sick and just keep your distance.

  4. People so it takes is be smart, don’t walk up breathing, coughing ,sneezing on people and keep a distance, you don’t have to be right in there face to talk to them, wash your hands, it isn’t say don’t wear them, it’s saying use your flipping brain if your in big groups and your gut says, humm maybe should put mask on THEN DO IT, keep your distance and be smart, they didn’t say everyone take your mask off and get up in others face.

  5. You now have a choice, you can wear yours or not. Let’s not make, whatever our choice is, everyone else. Make up your own mind. You are an adult, you can do it!

  6. I totally disagree with removing the masks! THATS how we’ve stayed so low on cases!

  7. A large part of horseshoe bay is in llano
    County.
    Also many businesses….grocery store and hardware stores.
    Relaxing the mask order can only increase cases.
    Also will give an excuse not to wear mask

  8. I absolutely disagree! The big reason Llano County has fewer than 20 active cases is BECAUSE OF folks wearing masks and keeping their distance from one another. Keep ’em on and wait for the vaccine.

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