AUSTIN, Texas - As the next phase of Governor Greg Abbott's plan to reopen Texas goes into effect today, local officials are holding a virtual news conference to discuss what it means for the Stay Home, Work Safe orders in place in Austin.
Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt are expected to begin speaking at 10:30 a.m. and it will be aired online and the FOX 7 Austin Facebook page. They're expected to extend the orders with modifications to comply with the governor's orders that were issued last week.
Adler, Eckhardt, and Interim Travis County Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott spoke earlier in the week and urged residents to continue following orders and avoid gatherings, observe social distancing, and wear face coverings.
Adler says that many Austinites failed to follow those guidelines the first weekend in May.
"It’s a warning flag because I am concerned that what I saw this weekend is gonna lead us to a place where we’re gonna overshoot where we’re trying to get to.” Adler said.
The mayor says hospital space in Austin is ample, and Dr. Escott says Travis County testing numbers appear to show improvement.
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