Despite having blocked local officials from requiring people to wear masks in April, Governor Greg Abbott issued an official order that requires the use of face masks in public earlier this month. The order went into effect on Friday, July 3 at 12:01 p.m. The major reversal comes as coronavirus cases soar and the state scrambles to get the surge under control.
According to the statewide order, masks must be worn over the nose and mouth in public places in counties with more than 20 COVID-19 cases. Under the law, public spaces where masks must be worn include businesses and buildings open to the public, in addition to outdoor public areas where social distancing is not feasible.
The law [...]