AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – On the day Texas reported more than 5,000 new coronavirus cases for the first time, Governor Greg Abbott on Tuesday expanded the ability of mayors and county judges to impose restrictions on outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people.
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The Governor has also directed the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to enact emergency rules that provide strict health and safety standards and procedures related to COVID-19 for child care centers in Texas.READ MORE: North Richland Hills Police Department Seeks 3 Armed Robbery Suspects
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“These are just some of the steps Texas will take to contain the rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations,” said Governor Abbott in a statement. “Today’s proclamation and emergency rules will aid in that effort in two key ways: allowing restrictions on large gatherings where COVID-19 is easily spread and implementing a statewide standard of infection control for child care centers. However, as we face this challenge, there is no substitute for personal responsibility. I urge all Texans to do everything in their power to reduce the transmission of the coronavirus by wearing a face mask, washing their hands often, and staying six-feet apart from others.”