Gov. Abbott issues executive order suspending in-person visitation in county, municipal jails

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Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, delivers remarks during a press conference on April 21, 2020, updating the public on the state’s response to COVID-19. (Nexstar Photo/Wes Rapaport)

AUSTIN, Texas (KFDX/KJTL) — Gov. Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order on Friday suspending in-person visitations in all county and municipal jails in the state of Texas.

This restriction does not apply to visitation by an attorney meeting with a client or a religious leader or member of the clergy.

Gov. Abbott previously directed state prisons, jails, and juvenile justice facilities to restrict visitation upon issuing his COVID-19 disaster declaration

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

“Jails have shown to be highly susceptible to COVID-19 surges which is why we are focused on containing any potential hot spots and preventing spread both within jails and the community,” Gov. Abbott said. “I encourage jails to utilize virtual visitation strategies to allow for visitations in a way that protects both staff and the inmate population. The State of Texas is committed to keeping all Texans safe, protecting our most vulnerable populations, and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 throughout the Lone Star State.”

You can read the full Executive Order below:

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