From Smith County
TYLER, Texas - On Wednesday, October 7, Governor Gregg Abbott issued his most recent Executive Order, GA-32, which provided authority to individual County Judges to open up bars to 50 percent capacity in counties that have 15 percent or less capacity of COVID-19 cases in local hospitals. Smith County falls within this qualifying category.
Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran said Thursday that he will unquestionably “opt in” so that local bars can reopen to the fullest extent permitted under the Governor’s GA-32 Order, which is set to become effective as of 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, October 14.
Upon seeing the Governor’s Order, Judge Moran welcomed the ability to exercise some local authority over the Coronavirus response, noting that since April 30, all control over the pandemic response and related restrictions have emanated from the Governor’s office in Austin.