On Tuesday, the Republican issued executive order GA-36, which states that “no government entity, including a county, city, school district and public health authority and no government official may require a person to wear a face covering,” excluding hospitals, care centers, jails, and prisons. Starting on May 21, government officials who violate the provisions of the new law may be subject to fines of up to $1,000, though schools may continue to require mask-wearing until June 4.
“The Lone Star State continues to defeat COVID-19 through the use of widely-available vaccines, antibody therapeutic drugs, and safe practices utilized by Texans in our communities,” Abbott said in a statement. “Texans, not government, should decide their best health practices, which is why masks will not be mandated by public school districts or government entities. We can continue to mitigate COVID-19 while defending Texans’ liberty to choose whether or not they mask up.”
The Republican governor’s move comes two days after his state reported zero COVID-19 deaths, the first time since March 2020. Abbott also said Texas recorded a 13-month low in cases and an 11-month low in hospitalizations.
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