Gov. Abbott issues Executive Order requiring face coverings and proclamation limiting gatherings

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order today mandating the use of face coverings in order to slow the spread of CoVID-19.

The order requires that all Texans wear covering over their nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions.

Abbott also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10 people, and preventing people from gathering in groups larger than ten and must maintain six feet of social distancing from others.



Yesterday, Texas reported a record-high jump of 8,076 new cases in a 24-hour period, according to the state health department. The virus has now infected more than 175,000 people in Texas and killed at least 2,525 people.

With the Executive Order, Texas becomes the 20th state to require facial coverings statewide.

The Governor issued the following statement alongside the Executive Order and proclamation.

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. Likewise, large gatherings are a clear contributor to the rise in COVID-19 cases. Restricting the size of groups gatherings will strengthen Texas’ ability to corral this virus and keep Texans safe. We all have a responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our communities safe. If Texans commit to wearing face coverings in public spaces and follow the best health and safety practices, we can both slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep Texas open for business. 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.”