Face Masks Mandatory In Most Of Texas, Starting Friday

Face Masks Mandatory In Most Of Texas, Starting Friday

The order says local officials "can and should" enforce the face covering requirement but prohibits jail time as a penalty for violating it. First-time violators will receive a verbal or written warning, with subsequent violations punishable by a fine of up to $250.

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.

It's a dramatic reversal for Abbott who had been outspoken about reopening the state and previously banned local governments from penalizing people who didn't wear masks in public.

Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) today announced that $2.67 billion in federal funding has been approved to support Texas hospitals that provide care for people receiving Medicaid. this is a $1.07 billion increase from the previous State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2020. While he hasn't been as extreme as some other Republican governors in dismissing the threat of COVID-19 and resisting mitigation strategies, Abbott has until the last few days towed the GOP line that reopening the economy is the top priority. "In fact it's getting worse". "I continue to advocate for an enforceable stay home order in Harris County, so that we can bring the curve down and give ourselves a shot at reopening successfully". "Likewise, large gatherings are a clear contributor to the rise in COVID-19 cases".

"Restricting the size of group gatherings will strengthen Texas' ability to corral this virus and keep Texans safe", he said.

This graph shows how the number of daily new coronavirus cases in Texas has soared in June
This graph shows how a number of daily new coronavirus cases in Texas has soared in June

Also on Thursday, Abbott issued a proclamation authorizing mayors and county judges to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people. Conservative lawmakers, meanwhile, have battered Abbott's early moves to combat the virus, including business, school and childcare closures and a stay-at-home order that expired in May.

Texas reported 8,076 new coronavirus cases Wednesday and 371 new COVIDd-19 hospitalizations. It reported almost 8,000 new infections on Thursday.

The true number of cases is likely much higher because many people have not been tested and studies suggest that people can be infected and not feel sick.

In Florida on Thursday 10,108 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, marking a new single-day record for the state. He also closed bars in the state the following day.

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