Austin, Texas Mayor Steve Adler recently attempted to shut down the city on New Year’s Eve, yet Gov. Greg Abbott didn’t let him get away with his hard-left nonsense.
Adler issued an order to restaurants stopping all dine-in services from 10:30 in the evening to 6:00 AM until January 3rd. The mandate has a $1,000 for business establishments that will violate the order.
However, when news reached Abbott, he made clear there would be no shutting down of the city. “Period.”
“This shutdown order by Austin isn’t allowed. Period. My executive order stops cities like Austin from arbitrarily shutting down businesses,” the governor tweeted.
“The city has a responsibility to enforce existing orders, not make new ones.”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton then swiftly acted to ensure Abbott’s orders were followed. Paxton sent a letter threatening the city with legal action should Adler enforce otherwise. Travis County Judge Andy Brown was also copied in the letter, who also directed Adler to “rescind or modify local orders immediately, or face imminent legal action from the State.
Executive Order No. GA-32 “supersede[s] any conflicting order issued by local officials in response to the COVID-19 disaster, but only to the extent that such a local order restricts services allowed by th[e] executive order.” GA-32 at 5.
Under the executive order, every business establishment in Texas is allowed to operate under protocols without limitations on operation hours.
Judge Brown said, “Yet your orders shut down dine-in food and beverage services during specific dates and times. The orders “restrict services allowed by” GA-32 and are thus unlawful and unenforceable.”
Brown insisted Adler immediately rescind or, at a minimum, modify his order to comply with the executive order.
The Texas Restaurant Association then released a statement thru a series of tweets to thank the governor for superseding the mayor’s lockdown orders.
“We are very grateful to @GovAbbott and @KenPaxtonTX for defending Austin restaurants,” the TRA tweeted.
The association said that restaurants are deeply invested within the communities; thus, they would do anything to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It also said that closing indoor dining would not prevent holiday celebrations but would move them from the highly regulated businesses into completely unregulated spaces during a critical time of COVID-19 response.
Leftist leaders have been attempting to enforce lockdowns and unreasonable and unhelpful restrictions.
California’s lockdowns have only surged COVID-19 cases, while Texas is far lower.
Fortunately, authoritarians have no full control over their evil plans. Let us hope it stays that way.