Abbott Issues Executive Order Prohibiting Local Mask and Vaccine Mandates

Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order on Thursday, July 29, 2021, prohibiting mask mandates or COVID-19 vaccine requirements from government agencies and municipalities statewide. This Executive Order comes on the heels of rising COVID-19 cases in Bexar County. Governor Abbott stated that this executive order has been issued to provide clarity on state mandates.  

Earlier this week, the CDC updated its COVID-19 guidelinesrecommending that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask or face covering while indoors in high transmission areas. Due to the number of local active COVID cases, Bexar County has been designated a high transmission area. The change in policy is a direct response to the surge in cases and hospitalizations from the delta variant, which is a more transmissible strain of the virus. Due to this rise in hospitalizations, some of our local hospitals will start limiting patient visitation to only those necessary for patient care. 

View the Governor’s Executive Order. 

For more information, contact Stephanie Reyes, VP of Public Policy via email at or by phone at (210) 229-2162.  

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