Texas Governor Mandates Face Masks As COVID Cases Continue To Surge
Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) issued a nearly statewide order on Thursday mandating that residents wear face coverings in public places as the state continues to experience a surge in coronavirus cases.
- The Wall Street Journal noted that Abbott’s order follows his move earlier this year to prohibit local officials from imposing mask mandates.
- The governor’s order also “allows local officials to limit some outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people,” according to the report.
- According to The Texas Tribune, the order applies to "Texans living in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases."
The order requires Texans living in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth while inside a business or other building open to the public, as well as outdoor public spaces, whenever social distancing is not possible. But it provides several exceptions, including children who are younger than 10 years old, people who have a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask, people who are eating or drinking and people who are exercising outdoors.
- Texas’ Department of Health reported 6,904 hospitalized Covid-19 patients, which is up significantly from a number that “hovered between 1,100 and 1,800” in April and May.
- The Journal said Texas has now reported more than 172,000 coronavirus cases.