On Thursday, July 2, Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order requiring all Texans residing in counties with more than 20 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 order goes into effect at 12:01 p.m. on July 3.
To view the governor’s order:
Exceptions to the order inlcude"
• Any person with a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering
• Any person consuming food or drink or is seated at a restaurant to eat or drink
• Any person that is exercising or engaging in physical activities outdoors or is maintaining safe social distancing from people who are not part of their household
• Any person who is driving alone or with passengers who are in the same household as the driver
• Any person obtaining a service that requires temporary removal of the covering during security surveillance, screening or need for specific access to the face (like while visiting a bank or obtaining personal care involving the face).
• Any person in a pool, lake or similar body of water
• Any person who is voting, assisting a voter, serving as a poll watcher or actively administering an election (but wearing a mask is strongly encouraged)
• Any person who is actively providing access to religious worship (but wearing a mask is strongly encouraged)
• Any person while the person is giving a speech for broadcast or to an audience
• Any person who meets the criteria laid out by the Texas Division of Emergency Management regarding minimal cases of COVID-19 and whose county judge has opted out of the face-covering requirement (but wearing a mask is strongly encouraged)