For the most up to date information please check with the official state web site of Texas.
Do I have to wear a mask? Yes, executive Order GA-29 On July 2, Gov. Greg Abbott mandated the use of masks in retail stores, at gatherings of more than 10 people and in other indoor and outdoor public areas where social distancing cannot be maintained.
State-wide, the Texas mask mandate has been in effect since the 3rd of July, 2020, as issued by Governor Greg Abbott. The order requires that all individuals wear a face covering when inside any commercial indoor location and outdoor public space. The mandate applies to indoor and outdoor areas whenever it’s not possible to maintain six feet of social distancing from other people who are not from the same household.
Anyone who fails to follow the Texas mask mandate will first receive a verbal or written warning. However, repeat offenders are at risk of receiving a $250 fine. The ruling clearly states that offenders will not receive any jail time for violating the order.
There are some exceptions to the Texas mask mandate. Children below the age of 10 and people with medical conditions that would make wearing a mask too challenging do not have to wear a mask according to the mandate. People are also allowed to take their masks off while eating or drinking, and while exercising outdoors or swimming while keeping a safe distance from others.
Here’s another notable exception: when receiving a service that requires the temporary removal of a face covering. That includes situations like visiting a bank where the face needs to be visible for surveillance or screening reasons. Additionally, the same temporary removal of a face covering is also allowed when receiving a personal-care service involving the face. Again, this exception only provides for the temporary removal of the face covering, only for as long as it’s necessary.
People are required to ensure that their face coverings fit over the nose and mouth whenever they wear them. According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people should avoid using surgical masks or N95 respirators. Doctors and other healthcare professionals desperately need those masks and respirators in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, and they’re in very short supply. Instead, the CDC recommends that individuals purchase reusable masks or make them at home from household fabrics.
Plenty of research continues to indicate that widespread use of face coverings can prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Doing so protects both the mask-wearer and the people around them from spreading the disease to each other. With the Texas mask mandate, the state joins more than 20 others across the U.S. that have made the use of face coverings mandatory to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
The full 'Executive Order GA29' is available here or reading below;
The full 'Executive Order GA29' is again available here if you wish to download the PDF document.