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Abilene mayor clarifies city manager’s statement about ‘not enforcing’ Gov. Abbott’s order



Abilene Mayor Anthony Williams clarified City Manager Robert Hanna’s statement about the Governor’s Executive Order closing bars.

Friday morning, Hanna wrote:

“The City of Abilene under the advice of the City Attorney will not enforce the Governor’s Executive Order but we encourage all business owners and citizens to use common sense and to follow the Governor’s Executive Order to the extent they can.”

A few hours later, Williams to KTXS about Hanna’s statement.

“It did not convey or communicate what it should have,” said Williams.

After our interview with WIlliams, the City sent out a clarification of Hanna’s statement and an apology.

“The City apologizes for any lack of clarity in earlier messaging on the matter.”

The City said in the amended public statement they want “everyone to follow the Governor’s order” and they will “be working with the TABC, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, to enforce bar closings.”

“If your open you’re in jeopardy of getting a fine and getting your license suspended or pulled,” said Williams.