Harlingen, Texas (KVEO)— Governor Greg Abbott announced Friday that he issued an Executive Order suspending in-person visitations in all county and municipal jails due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This restriction does not apply to attorney visitations, religious leaver or a member of the clergy.
“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,” said Governor Abbott. “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.”
He previously directed state prisons, jails, and juvenile justice facilities to restrict visitation.