Governor Abbott Orders Statewide Face Mask Requirement

AUSTIN (1080 KRLD)- Texas Governor Greg Abbott has released a new executive order today requiring Texans wear face masks covering the nose and mouth in counties with more than 20 positive COVID-19 cases, with a few exceptions.

The proclamation will allow mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions to outdoor gatherics of over 10 people and make it mandatory that people not gather in groups larger than 10 and that they practice six feet social distancing from others.

The order goes into effect at 1:00 PM tomorrow, Friday July 3rd.

"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. 

You can view the video on YouTube here.