Don't take off your face masks just yet.
Fayette County Judge Joe Weber announced this afternoon, Friday, Oct. 16, that the Texas Department of Emergency Management has granted Fayette County an exemption to Governor Greg Abbott's statewide face covering mandate. The exemption allows Weber to lift the mask order, but he has not yet done so.
Weber said he intends to lift the mandate if the number of active coronavirus cases stays "manageable" in Fayette County.
Weber released the following statement shortly after 4 p.m. on Friday: