• Governor Abbott Establishes Statewide Face-Covering Requirement, Issues Proclamation To Limit Gatherings

  • Governor Abbott Establishes Statewide Face-Covering Requirement, Issues Proclamation To Limit Gatherings


    Governor Abbott Establishes Statewide Face-Covering Requirement, Issues Proclamation To Limit Gatherings
     
    July 3, 2020

    Effective at 12:01 p.m. today, July 3rd, Governor Abbott has issued a “face covering” mandate throughout Texas. The full executive order (GA-29) is attached, but a summary follows:
    • A face covering “over the nose and mouth” must be worn:
      • inside any commercial or public building and
      • in any outdoor space when social distancing is not possible (i.e. six or more feet from non-household members)
    Exceptions include:
    • Anyone under age 10
    • While eating/drink OR seated to do so
    • While exercising or engaging in physical activity outdoors (while social distancing)
    • While driving alone or with household members
    • While needing to temporarily show one’s face, e.g. matching it to an ID card
    • While in a body of water
    • While voting or working at a polling place (“but wearing a face cover is strongly encouraged”)
    • While involved in religious activity (“but wearing a face cover is strongly encouraged”)
    • While giving a speech to an audience or via broadcast
    • Any person in a county-designated to have minimum cases (< 20) by TDEM and whose county judge formally opted out of the requirements of GA-29 (“though wearing a face cover is highly recommended”)
    • Attending a protest of more than 10 people does not constitute an exception to wearing a face covering.
    • After an initial verbal or written warning, the penalty for violation of GA-29 is a fine ($250 max) for each violation; confinement in jail specifically prohibited
    • Local law enforcement is encouraged to enforce GA-29 (and all previous EOs) but may not “detain, arrest or confine in jail any person for violation of this or any other executive order” provided violation is non-violent and does not constitute a felony.
    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. The video can be downloaded at this link and can also be viewed on YouTube.

    View the Governor's Executive Order.

    View the Governor's Proclamation.
    TFFA Coronavirus Resources
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