The City of Abilene encourages all business owners and citizens to follow Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order issued earlier today, limiting certain businesses and services in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19. The City of Abilene never intended to imply an intention to disregard the Governor’s Executive Order, or support any kind of action by citizens or business owners in contradiction to the Executive Order. The City apologizes for any lack of clarity in earlier messaging on the matter.
Click here for Governor Abbott’s June 26, 2020 Executive Order.
While the City of Abilene is not the enforcement agency charged with overseeing compliance with the Governor’s Executive Order, the City asks that residents and business owners follow the Order to the best of their ability.
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) is the enforcement authority that will work to enforce the Governor’s Executive Order within bars and restaurants across the state. The City of Abilene relies upon the TABC to identify bar or restaurant owners who operate in a manner inconsistent with the Governor’s Order, and if necessary, pull the liquor license of an establishment.
Any immediate events scheduled in June and July within the City of Abilene will likely proceed, however, the City reserves the right to cancel outdoor gatherings over 100 attendees if the public’s health is endangered. The City will rely on COVID-19 hospitalization and infection rates to make these determinations.
The City of Abilene strongly encourages residents to use common sense, and be responsible; avoid large crowds, social distance, and wear a mask if found appropriate. Individuals who wish not to wear a mask are asked to respect those who do and provide proper social distance of at least six feet.