New Executive Order From Governor Abbott Doubles Down On Mandating Masks & COVID Vaccines

July 30, 2021

By: Selam Yohannis

Another executive order has been released by governor Abbott clarifying where the state’s government stands on mandating masks and vaccines. 

The governor of Texas stated, “ Today’s executive order will provide clarity and uniformity in the Lone Star State’s continued fight against COVID-19. The new Executive Order emphasizes that the path forward relies on personal responsibility rather than government mandates. Texans have mastered the safe practices that help to prevent and avoid the spread of COVID-19. They have the individual right and responsibility to decide for themselves and their children whether they will wear masks, open their businesses, and engage in leisure activities. Vaccines, which remain in abundant supply, are the most effective defense against the virus, and they will always remain voluntary – never forced – in the State of Texas“

Executive order GA-38 it said to combine several already existing COVID-19 executive orders. This one however will help promote  uniformity across the state. “The order restricts any state or local agency and any public or private entity that is receiving or will receive public funds through any means from mandating masks or requiring proof of vaccination.”

Based on what the order is saying any local governmental entity can be fined up to $1000 if they fail to comply with the executive order. The order is working “to ensure that vaccines continue to be voluntary for all Texans and that Texans private COVID-19 related health information continues to enjoy protection against compelled disclosure.“

Mandates coming from the order include hospitals hospitals needing to submit daily reports of how many hospital beds they have. along with that all public or private entities that administer the COVID-19 test are having to Report their results to DSHS whether the test is positive or negative.

All of this stems from the rising rates of coronavirus. In Travis County alone DSHS shows that Austin area ICUs have reached a capacity of 1.8%, this being the lowest since the start of the pandemic.