Reagan County Judge Jim O'Bryan announced Friday that he will sign an order to limit the number of people who can gather together in Reagan County.

O'Bryan, citing the recent influx of positive COVID-19 cases in the county, said he will place a limit on gatherings (indoors and outdoors) to 50 people.

Reagan County has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases over the last two weeks. The State currently shows the county with 23 Active Cases. Judge O'Bryan said the report he receives from the State shows 26 on their record as of today.

That figure is likely to rise significantly with reports from Reagan Hospital District and Tom Green County showing 59 positive COVID-19 tests for Reagan County since November 3rd.

The State's official number tends to lag behind the figures reported by local health authorities by a few days.

Reagan County was placed back under the State's mask mandate earlier this week as the Active Cases began to rise.

"I am concerned about the rise in cases," Judge O'Bryan said. "We have to be proactive as a community to turn this trend around. I can't stress this enough... Please wear a mask in public, practice social distancing, and was your hands frequently."

The Big Lake Chamber of Commerce, in light of Judge O'Bryan's order, will cancel its Christmas in the Park celebration and Lighted Christmas Parade which was scheduled for December 2nd.

"We appreciate everyone who has signed up to be a vendor and participate in the parade," Chamber Director Loretta Epperson said. "After consulting with Judge O'Bryan, we feel it is in the best interest of the community to call off this year's event. All vendor fees will be refunded back to our vendors."

Judge O'Bryan said his order, which he will sign Monday morning, will not impact school related functions. He said he will leave those decisions up to the discretion of Reagan County ISD's administration.