"We must do more to slow the spread without locking Texas back down", Abbott said.
If you were out and about in public today, you may have noticed a lot more people are wearing face masks or a face cover. Hours after Abbott issued the mandate Thursday, and while continuing to urge people to stay home, the Texas GOP voted in an emergency meeting to keep plans to meet in Houston and not switch to a virtual gathering.
First-time violators of the order will receive a verbal or written warning from a law enforcement officer, and a second violation is punishable by a fine up to $250. While he hasn't been as extreme as some other Republican governors in dismissing the threat of COVID-19 and resisting mitigation strategies, Abbott has until the last few days towed the GOP line that reopening the economy is the top priority.
Texas's order comes as the virus continues to surge around the country, with cases rising significantly in more than 40 states, particularly in the south and west.
Irrespective of criticism about increasing case numbers, President Trump has argued that as testing expands, so, far too, will the number of beneficial results - with most individuals recovering or remaining asymptomatic. "In fact it's getting worse". He had refused to order the wearing of masks, and prevented local officials from doing so. "Now, more than ever, action by everyone is needed until treatments are available for Covid-19".
The specifically required the protesters and the demonstrators, in a group of more than 10 people, to cover their faces.
Sunday, Breitbart News reported that the number of coronavirus cases had increased in Texas, Florida, and Arizona during the two weeks and three days between June 9 and June 26.