Local COVID-19 orders to expire Friday in conjunction with Governor Abbott’s recovery plan

VICTORIA, Texas — At Wednesday’s COVID-19 press briefing, Victoria Office of Emergency Management (OEM) personnel said they would allow local orders issued last week to expire on Friday in conjunction with Governor Abbott’s executive order to begin the reopening of the Texas economy. Victoria Mayor Rawley McCoy said while local orders will be lifted, enforcement of the Governor’s orders will still take place on a local level.

Governor Abbott announced on Monday that retail stores, movie theaters, malls and restaurants were among those businesses that could open as part of Phase One of his recovery plan, provided that they stay under 25% capacity.

Gyms, bars, salons, and certain other business will remain closed throughout Phase One of the Governor’s plan.

“My hope is that these new executive orders from the Governor will be successful in getting the state back up and running, open for business, and also in slowing the spread of COVID-19,” said County Judge Ben Zeller at the briefing.

Zeller added that local officials plan to reopen the County Courthouse and Annex to the public on May 11th, but said some offices in the two buildings may remain closed past that date.

Mayor McCoy added at the briefing that he still strongly encourages Victoria County residents to wear masks when in public.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Victoria OEM personnel announced the total COVID-19 case count in Victoria County sits at 137, with 34 of those cases suspected from community transmission. The county considers 80 of those cases recovered, with 54 cases currently active.