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Comal ISD, New Braunfels to Release Guidance on Executive Order Reopening Businesses, Rescinding Mask Mandate

Comal ISD and City of New Braunfels are examining the impact of Gov. Greg Abbott's executive order rescinding the mask mandate and opening all Texas businesses at 100-percent capcity. Last March, he issued executive orders to protect public safety and expand mandatory quarantines to include road travelers arriving in Texas from Louisiana. Facebook image.

City of New Braunfels and Comal ISD said they are reviewing Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s latest order reopening Texas next week and will release guidance to area residents by next week.

The order allows all Texas businesses to reopen at 100-percent capacity and eliminates the mask-wearing mandate.

The city said it is reviewing Executive Order GA-34 and examining the impact it will have on its operations. An announcement is expected before Wednesday, March 10.

Meanwhile, New Braunfels asks residents to continue to follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC) health-and-safety guidelines to include mask-wearing, hand-washing and social distancing.

Comal ISD on March 2 said it awaits further guidance from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) about how the governor’s announcement will impact the state’s minimum health guidelines, which the district follows.

“Once we hear from the TEA we will make a decision that is in line with our overarching goal of keeping our schools wide open while maintaining the health-and-safety of students and staff,” Supt. Andrew Kim said in an email to parents.

“Until then, we will continue to follow our current health-and-safety protocols,” he said.

In a press release issued on Wednesday, March 3, TEA said its authority to implement operational requirements for public schools remains in effect but gave local school boards full authority to determine local mask policies.

According to updated TEA guidance, a public school system’s current practices on masks may remain unchanged.

TEA said it also updated surface-cleaning requirements.

Click here to see SY 20-21 public-health planning guidance issued by TEA.

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