On Thursday, July 2, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order requiring all Texans residing in counties with more than 20 COVID-19 cases to wear a face mask while in a commercial space or public buildings or when in an outdoor setting that does not allow for 6 feet of physical distancing.
The executive order will go into effect at 12:01 p.m. on July 3, 2020.
This does not apply to anyone 10 years old or younger, individuals with health conditions that prevent them from wearing a mask or someone who is consuming food or drink.
Some exceptions to the order are while participating in outdoor activities or swimming. Masks are also not required for religious services — though face masks are strongly encouraged.
Violators could face up to $250 in fines. People not wearing a face mask when required may receive a written or verbal warning for their first violation.
“Local law enforcement and other local officials, as appropriate, can and should enforce this executive order,” according to Abbott’s order.
Several cities and counties across the State have already issue orders similar to this.