What does Texas’ face mask mandate mean and who is exempt?

Governor Greg Abbott's face covering requirement, explained

SAN ANTONIO – On Thursday, Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order requiring Texans to wear face-coverings over their noses and mouths in public spaces in counties that have reported 20 or more cases of COVID-19. The order goes into effect Friday, July 3.

In addition to the order regarding face coverings, the governor also issued a proclamation on Thursday that restricts many outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people, unless local officials approve, and encouraged all Texans to maintain six feet of social distance between one another.

So, what does this all mean?

According to the order, face coverings must be worn, both over the nose and mouth, by every Texan in counties with more than 20 cases “when inside a commercial entity or other building or space open to the public or when in an outdoor space, whenever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distance from another person not from the same household.” Most of Texas’ 254 counties have more than 20 cases. (See a full list of cases by counties from KSAT partner Texas Tribune.)

Am I exempt from wearing a mask?

There are a few exemptions to the governor’s order, they are listed below.

Some exceptions to the order include the following:

1. Any person younger than 10 years of age;


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