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Update on Status of Law Regarding Mask Mandates

  • 27 August 2021
  • Author: Chris Stoltz
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Update on Status of Law Regarding Mask Mandates

The County Attorney’s office has received several inquiries regarding local governing body’s ability to mandate masks in violation of the Governor’s executive order. The governor’s executive order is still controlling law and any mask mandates by local governing bodies are illegal.

Wilco Forward distributes more than $18.5 million to small businesses

  • 5 May 2020
  • Author: Connie Odom
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Wilco Forward distributes more than $18.5 million to small businesses

On May 6, Williamson County officially launched its Wilco Forward program, which aims to provide grants for local business owners that have been impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. More than $18.5 million has been given out to small businesses as of May 21. Wilco Forward was developed by a strike team that includes County Treasurer Scott Heselmeyer, Precinct 3 Commissioner Valerie Covey, and Precinct 4 Commissioner Russ Boles. The program began accepting applications on May 6 and has mailed more than 1,600 checks as of May 28. Applications will be submitted online through the county’s website at www.wilco.org/forward to the Williamson County Auditor’s Office.

WCCHD Transitions to CDC Data Tracker for Community Transmission Phases

  • 16 November 2021
  • Author: Connie Odom
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WCCHD Transitions to CDC Data Tracker for Community Transmission Phases

Effective Nov. 15, Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) will be using the CDC Data Tracker for determining Gating Phases in Williamson County.  The Phases are used to inform the public of the COVID-19 community transmission risk. The Data Tracker site (https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view) provides an integrated, standardized view of key data for monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic in Williamson and the surrounding counties, and across the United States. According to the CDC Data Tracker, Williamson County is in the Orange or Substantial phase. 

Understanding Mask Mandates in Williamson County

  • 16 August 2021
  • Author: Connie Odom
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Understanding Mask Mandates in Williamson County

The Williamson County Attorney's Office has received questions and concerns about our local children and the use of masks in schools. This is a time-sensitive concern because primary schools start back soon. Currently, Governor Abbott has issued an executive order stating masks cannot be mandated in schools, among other places. The Governor's order is the law until such time as the legal process used to challenge the Governor's authority has been exhausted. To read County Attorney Dee Hobbs' full letter addressing mask mandates, click here. 

Judges May Require Masks in Courtrooms According to COVID-19 Operating Plan

  • 4 August 2021
  • Author: Connie Odom
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Judges May Require Masks in Courtrooms According to COVID-19 Operating Plan

All individuals attending a court proceeding at the Williamson County Justice Center are requested to wear masks. Judges, at their discretion, may require masks to be worn in their courtroom according to revisions to the COVID Operating Plan for the Williamson County Justice Center. Individuals coming to the Justice Center for other business, such as visiting the County Clerk’s or District Clerk’s office, will not be required to wear masks. This clarification of yesterday’s revision to the plan was necessary given the unique circumstance that the Williamson County Justice Center is a facility shared by multiple elected officials.

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