Gov. Abbott removes confinement as punishment for violating orders

Governor Greg Abbott this morning adjusted his executive orders related to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, removing the possibility of confinement as punishment for not following them, the governor’s office announced in a news release.

The changes are retroactive to April 2 and supersede local orders, the news release reads.

“Throwing Texans in jail who have had their businesses shut down through no fault of their own is nonsensical, and I will not allow it to happen,” said Governor Abbott.