The governor has issued an executive order requiring Texans to wear a face mask in public spaces in counties with more 20 or more positive cases starting at 12:01 p.m. Friday, July 3. The majority of Texas’ 254 counties meet that threshold.

The order also gives mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10 people. With certain exceptions, people cannot be in groups larger than 10 and must maintain 6 feet of social distancing from others.

Under Abbott’s orders, first-time violators will be given a verbal or written warning, but a second violation may result in a fine of up to $250.

The face coverings must be worn over the mouth and nose in all counties and the masks must be worn inside commercial buildings or in spaces open to the public when social distancing is not possible.

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