As reported yesterday, face masks are now required in certain areas within the state of Texas, including Howard County. Additionally, Governor Abbott is allowing mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10 people.
KBest News spoke with Howard County Judge Kathryn Wiseman who stated that the restriction of gatherings of more than 10 people will NOT be imposed at this time. The parades and gatherings that are currently scheduled will be allowed to continue in Howard County, however, people are required to wear face masks.
Judge Wiseman stated that she personally does not like wearing a face mask, nor does she like the spread of COVID-19, but these are unfortunate realities.
“Me? No, I don’t like wearing a face mask either, but I will do it in compliance with the Governor’s order, and I expect our citizens to do the same,” stated Wiseman. “If we honor the Governor’s orders, it won’t be necessary for me to impose further restrictions.”
Yesterday’s Executive Order from Governor Abbot defines the penalty for non-compliance:
“Following a verbal or written warning for a first-time violator of this face-covering requirement, a person’s second violation shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $250. Each subsequent violation shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $250 per violation.”
The complete Proclamation, Executive Order, as well as the Governor’s statement and video can be found here:
Parades that are scheduled include:
Saturday, July 4th:
—Highland South 4th of July Parade: 10am. Starts at Robb Drive, heads west on Highland Drive—ends at Goliad Street.
—Coahoma Freedom Parade:
10AM. Starts at Coahoma High School and heads south on Main Street.
Both parades will be posted here on the KBest Media Facebook page.