Governor Abbott Establishes Statewide Face Covering Requirement
A face mask, it's one of the best tools we have right now to curb the spread of COVID-19.
As of today (July 2nd), all Texans must wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties that have 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with a few exceptions. Governor Abbott issued an Executive Order stating the requirements. This order also allows mayors and county judges to make local decisions when it comes to outdoor gatherings.
Governonr Abbott says,
Wearing a face covering in public is proven to be one of the most effective ways we have to slow the spread of COVID-19. We have the ability to keep businesses open and move our economy forward so that Texans can continue to earn a paycheck, but it requires each of us to do our part to protect one another—and that means wearing a face covering in public spaces. Likewise, large gatherings are a clear contributor to the rise in COVID-19 cases. Restricting the size of groups gatherings will strengthen Texas’ ability to corral this virus and keep Texans safe. We all have a responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our communities safe. If Texans commit to wearing face coverings in public spaces and follow the best health and safety practices, we can both slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep Texas open for business. I urge all Texans to wear a face covering in public, not just for their own health, but for the health of their families, friends, and for all our fellow Texans."
Violations of the safe practices standards could include the following:
- first offense - verbal or written warning
- second offense - a fine not to exceed $250
- additional offenses - a fine not to exceed $250 per violation
Governor Abbott says no one may be jailed if found violating this executive order.