Gov. Greg Abbott has issued an executive order that requires all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public.

The executive order pertains to counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. 

Abbott also issued a proclamation that allows mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of 10 or more people.

The proclamation also makes it mandatory that people cannot be in groups of more than 10 people, and they must maintain 6 feet of social distancing from others. 

“Wearing a face covering in public is proven to be one of the most effective ways we have to slow the spread of COVID-19,” Abbott said in a news release. “We have the ability to keep businesses open and move our economy forward so that Texans can continue to earn a paycheck, but it requires each of us to do our part to protect one another — and that means wearing a face covering in public spaces.”

“Likewise, large gatherings are a clear contributor to the rise in COVID-19 cases,” Abbott continued. “Restricting the size of groups gatherings will strengthen Texas’ ability to corral this virus and keep Texans safe. We all have a responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our communities safe. If Texans commit to wearing face coverings in public spaces and follow the best health and safety practices, we can both slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep Texas open for business. I urge all Texans to wear a face covering in public, not just for their own health, but for the health of their families, friends, and for all our fellow Texans.”

Abbott also released a video message to coincide with his executive order in which he encourages the public to do their part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep their communities safe. The video can be viewed on the governor’s YouTube channel.