Can cities still issue local mask orders? What you need to know about Texas' new executive order
Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Tuesday making two significant changes to his previous orders designed to limit exposure to COVID-19.
Here's a look at the latest order.
When will the Texas face mask order expire?
Starting March 10:
- All Texas business can open without limits on capacity or occupancy.
- There will no longer be a statewide mandate to wear face coverings in public places.
Do I have to wear a mask in Texas?
Businesses will be free to set their own limits on capacity and require masks or other safety measures "at their discretion," Abbott said.
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Can local officials still issue COVID-19 safety orders?
The only limit set by the governor would allow county judges to reduce business occupancy to no less than 50% if the number of COVID-19 patients exceeds 15% of total hospital capacity for at least seven consecutive days in any of the 22 state trauma service areas.
Even then, Abbott said, local officials cannot impose jail, fines or other penalties on those who fail to wear a mask or violate any COVID-19 order.
And local restrictions cannot place operating limits on religious services, public or private schools, child-care services and colleges and universities.
Read Abbott's executive order:
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