Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday issued an Executive Order requiring all Texans to wear a face covering their nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases.
The order goes into effect at 12:01 p.m. on July 3.
“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,” said Governor Abbott. “We have the ability to keep businesses open and move our economy forward so that Texans can continue to earn a paycheck, but it requires each of us to do our part to protect one another—and that means wearing a face covering in public spaces. I urge all Texans to wear a face-covering in public, not just for their own health, but for the health of their families, friends, and for all our fellow Texans.”
As of July 2, there has been a total of 304 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Lamar County, however, 179 have recovered. Of those, seven travel-related and 297 community spread. There have also been 13 total COVID-19 related deaths. Nine deaths are associated with Paris Healthcare Center nursing home, one is associated with Stillhouse Rehabilitation and three deaths are unrelated.
The order does not apply to anyone 10 years old or younger, individuals with health conditions that prevent them from wearing a mask or someone who is consuming food or drink.
Other exceptions while participating in outdoor activities or swimming.
Those voting or working at polling locations are not required to wear a mask, and masks are also not required for religious services — though face masks are strongly encouraged.
Violators could face up to $250 in fines. People not wearing a face mask when required may receive a written or verbal warning for their first violation.