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Posted on: July 2, 2020

Governor Abbott Issues Statewide Face Covering Requirement

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This afternoon, Governor Abbott issued Executive Order No. GA-29, requiring Texans residing in counties with more than 20 COVID-19 cases to wear a face-covering over the nose and mouth while in a commercial space, public building, or in an outdoor setting that does not allow for six feet of social distancing, with a few exceptions. The statewide order goes into effect at 12:01 p.m. on Friday, July 3.

The face-covering requirement does not apply to the following:

  • Children under 10 years old
  • Anyone with a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering
  • Eating or drinking, or seated in a restaurant to eat or drink
  • Exercising or engaging in physical activity outdoors (as long as distance is maintained
  • Driving alone or with passengers from the same household
  • Obtaining a service that requires temporary removal of the face-covering for security surveillance, screening or a need for specific access to the face (i.e. visiting a bank or obtaining a personal care service involving the face), but only to the extent necessary for the temporary removal
  • While in a swimming pool, lake or similar body of water
  • Voting, assisting a voter, serving as a poll watcher or actively administering an election (though a face covering is strongly encouraged)
  • Actively providing or obtaining access to religious worship (though a face covering is strongly encouraged)
  • Giving a speech for a broadcast or to an audience

Not excepted from the requirement are those attending a protest or demonstration involving more than 10 people who are not practicing safe social distancing of six feet from people outside their household.

Following a verbal or written warning for a first-time violation, the order includes a fine of up to $250 for subsequent violations. In addition, mayors and county judges can impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10 people.

Read Executive Order and Proclamation
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