Governor Abbott Mandates Face Masks in Public Spaces

Gov. Greg Abbott issued a nearly statewide mask mandate Thursday, July 2, 2020

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.

The mask order goes into effect at 12:01 p.m. Friday.

Executive Order GA 29 Relating to the use of face coverings during COVID-19 disaster