On July 2, 2020, Texas Governor Abbott issued Executive order 29, a wear mask order for all the State of Texas. The order says:

Every person in Texas shall wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when inside a commercial entity or other building or space open to the public, or when in an outdoor public space, wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household; provided, however, that this face-covering requirement does not apply to the following:

  1. Any person younger than 10 years of age;
  2. Any person with a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering;
  3. Any person while the person is consuming food or drink, or is seated at a restaurant to eat or drink;
  4. Any person while the person is (a) exercising outdoors or engaging in physical activity outdoors, and (b) maintaining a safe distance from other people not in the same household;
  5. Any person while the person is driving alone or with passengers who are part of the same household as the driver;
  6. Any person obtaining a service that requires temporary removal of the face covering for security surveillance, screening, or a need for specific access to the face, such as while visiting a bank or while obtaining a personal care service involving the face, but only to the extent necessary for the temporary removal;
  7. Any person while the person is in a swimming pool, lake, or similar body of water;
  8. Any person who is voting, assisting a voter, serving as a poll watcher, or actively administering an election, but wearing a face covering is strongly encouraged;
  9. Any person who is actively providing or obtaining access to religious worship, but wearing a face covering is strongly encouraged;
  10. Any person while the person is giving a speech for a broadcast or to an audience.

Failure to follow this order MAY result in a fine of up to $250.00.

Managing Editor

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