Coronavirus —

AUSTIN.- Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order Friday suspending in-person visits to all county and municipal jails in the state. This restriction does not apply to attorney visits with clients, religious leaders, or clergy. The Governor previously ordered state jails, prisons, and juvenile justice facilities to restrict visits by issuing his COVID-19 disaster declaration.

This new executive order adds another layer of defense to contain COVID-19 hot spots, prevent community spread and protect staff and inmates.

“Prisons have been shown to be highly susceptible to COVID-19 surges, so we are focused on containing any possible hot spots and preventing spread both within prisons and in the community,” said Governor Abbott. “I encourage prisons to use virtual visitation strategies to allow visits in a way that protects both staff and the inmate population.”