The governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, on Thursday, issued an order which requires the residents in the state to wear face-covering masks while entering into public spaces in the counties having 20 or higher positive Coronavirus cases.
Governor went on saying that the state has the ability to keep the businesses open and to carry the economy forward so that the people of Texas can earn a living.
He said that this will require people to wear face masks and protect each other.
Governor Abbott also issued a Proclamation that allowed the County judges and mayors to impose restrictions on the outdoor gatherings including more than 10 people.
Texas also waived the requirement for religious services. The specifically required the protesters and the demonstrators, in a group of more than 10 people, to cover their faces.
While these restrictions are being imposed on one side, certain exemptions are being offered on the other. Kids less than 10 years of age and people having medical conditions which prevent them from covering their face are exempt from the order.
It is also not mandatory to cover the face while voting or exercising.
As per the order, after the first violation, a verbal or written warning shall be issued to the people and every subsequent violation will lead to a fine of up to $250. Police are free to enforce the order but cannot detain or arrest the people who are violating it.
In a recorded announcement Abbott said that the decision was made by him due to the high percentage of positive results of testing and high hospitalization rates.
While Texas reported an average of 1,500 new cases for one day in the second half of May, in the past week, this number had quadrupled. On Wednesday, Texas reported 8,076 new cases in just 24 hours, said the State Health Department.
More than 1,68,000 people are infected by the virus and 2,481 people have died due to it. Texas was among one the first states to reopen by allowing the stores, restaurants, malls, and movie theatres to reopen with modifications.