Texas Governor signs statewide coronavirus mask mandate

Masks must be worn in counties with more than 20 COVID cases

Thomas Perumean
July 02, 2020 - 4:08 pm

Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order today mandating the wearing of masks covering the nose and mouth. 

The masks must be worn in Texas counties with more than 20 cases of COVID-19 coronavirus

Entercom affiliate 1080 KRLD reports the proclamation will leave it in the hands of a mayors and county judges whether to impose restrictions on gathering of more than ten or declare no gatherings of more than ten and practice of social distancing by more than six feet.

"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,” Governor Abbott stated. “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 group’s 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.”

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