Texas Governor Greg Abbott today issued a new Executive Order prohibiting counties, cities, school districts, public health authorities, or government officials — from requiring or mandating wearing a mask. Public schools can continue through June 4. As of June 5, no student, teacher, parent, or other staff member or visitor can be "required" to wear a mask while on campus.
As of this Friday, May 21, local governments or officials that attempt to impose a mask mandate or impose a limitation inconsistent or in conflict with the Governor's Executive Order, can be subject to a fine of up to $1,000.

Governor Abbot Says:

"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," said Governor Abbott. "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."

Are there exemptions?

Yes, exempt from the Executive Order are state-supported living centers, government-owned or operated hospitals, Texas Department of Criminal Justice facilities, Texas Juvenile Justice Department facilities, and county and municipal jails.

Click here to view the Governor's Executive Order.

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