Gov. Abbott issues harsh executive order as coronavirus continues to spread

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued a statewide mask mandate in Texas and is allowing local authorities to limit groups of 10 or more.

Abbott’s executive order will face blowback from some more conservative members of the Republican party in Texas who have said the governor needs to do more to support the economy.

But Texas is setting daily records for new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

Abbott’s statewide mask order is effective 12:01 p.m. tomorrow.

Enforcement includes a verbal or written warning for first violation, followed by $250 fines for repeated offenses.

The order requires “all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions.”

This is a developing story

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