WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - UPDATE
The Wichita County Commissioners Court has amended the county order restricting large outdoor gatherings in excess of 100 people.
All outdoor gatherings in excess of 10 people now must be approved by the county.
This order falls in line with Governor Greg Abbott’s executive order mandating the use of face coverings and his proclamation prohibiting outdoor gatherings with over 10 people without obtaining prior approval from the mayor or county judge.
Wichita County Judge Woody Gossom has issued an order restricting large outdoor gatherings in excess of 100 people.
All outdoor gatherings in excess of 100 people must be approved by the county.
This comes days after Gov. Abbott’s executive order limiting large outdoor groups to less than 100 people in an effort to slow down the coronavirus spike in the state.
The order will be in effect until further notice.
Judge Gossom adds that large gatherings will need his offices approval to happen, and that how it will be done safely will need to be proved.
“We’re doing our best to work with and help the organizations and the businesses that are trying to plan something they have put in place to be outdoors,” Gossom said.
One of the places adjusting their plans is the Electra Memorial Hospital, who has a fireworks show Friday.
“The only thing that is changing really is that we are going to be asking spectators to not use our parking lot it will be off limits just because we are going to have so many people coming to our show that we don’t want to have over a hundred people in our parking lot,” Katie Mckinley, communications director for the Electra Hospital District said.
Their plan now still has the fireworks show going on, but will be done in a way to spread everyone out.
“We want to keep the spirit of the 4th of July alive but also you know keep everyone safe and healthy,” Mckinley said.The full order can be found below: