The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Conroe, March 27 – Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough issued a lockdown order for Montgomery County, effective Friday, March 27, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. The entirety of Judge Keough’s lockdown order, which is mandatory, appears at the end of this article.
Keough gave an exclusive interview to The Golden Hammer a few minutes before noon and said, “When I came out with my disaster order at the very beginning, I did everything that I could to guarantee the civil liberties of Montgomery County constituaents as well as to preserve life. During this time, I’ve been meeting with my team which is the Montgomery County Hospital District, the Montgomery County Public Health District, members of the Commissioners Court, the Homeland Security Management, and others. I’ve been given recent information. I have taken patient and measured orders in attempt to secure civil liberties. In light of recent information, I decided it was necessary concerning the spread of the virus, I realized it was time for me to amend my current order to include the stay-at-home order in order to stop the spread. In that order it is crystal clear what is required. The same businesses are impacted as in my recent order. I’ve defined what are essential and non-essential business.”
Judge Keough expressed concerns about protecting civil liberties. “I believe our Constitution guarantees that we are able to have life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and the Constitution makes clear that those guarantees come from Our Creator and not our government. These all depend on each other. I can’t exercise liberty without life. I’m exercising, to best of my ability, my judgment to preserve ciivl liberties. I’ve made this decision with the counsel of those on my team.”
The entirety of Judge Keough’s order follows: