Governor Abbott issues executive order requiring facemasks for all Texans, with few exceptions

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott (Photo by Lynda M. Gonzalez-Pool/Getty Images)

AUSTIN, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Governor Greg Abbott has issued an Executive Order requiring all Texans wear a face mask covering the nose and mouth in public spaces. The order extends to all counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases.

The Governor also issued a a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people, making it mandatory that, with certain exceptions, people cannot be in groups larger than 10 and must maintain six feet of social distancing.

Abbott’s message to Texans.

“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,” said Governor Abbott. “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.”

Additionally, the Governor released a new video message to coincide with his Executive Order, encouraging Texans to do their part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep their communities safe. 

House Speaker Dennis Bonnen also issued a statement Thursday.

“Leader lead while others criticize. Today Governor Abbott continues to lead. I applaud his face covering requirement and stand firmly with him as he mask these tough decisions, working day in and day out to keep Texas strong in both the health of its citizens and its economic prosperity. Our state, nation and world face one of the greatest crises in recent history and there is no room for partisan politics nor are there any easy answers. He continues to demonstrate fortitude and flexibility as he monitors and responds to an extremely dynamic situation based on fact-based data and scientific evidence. I am grateful for his efforts to keep Texas unified and moving forward. #MaskUpTexas”

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