Texas Gov. issues mandate for all residents to wear masks in public in counties with more than 20 COVID-19 cases after more than 91 counties hit record-high infections | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Texas Gov. issues mandate for all residents to wear masks in public in counties with more than 20 COVID-19 cases after more than 91 counties hit record-high infections

Gov. Greg Abbott has issued a statewide mandate requiring Texans to wear face masks in public in counties with 20 or more COVID-19 cases, as the state reels from a startling surge in infections after reopening.

On Thursday Abbott issued the mandate, which goes into effect Friday, stressing that he wants to keep businesses open but Texans have to do their 'part to protect one another'.

Those who violate the face mask ordinance will be issued a first time warning. After a second violation there will be a fine of up to $250. Abbott said that no one will be jailed for not wearing a face mask.

It’s a dramatic reversal for Abbott who had been outspoken about reopening the state and previously banned local governments from penalizing people who didn’t wear masks in public.

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