Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican and ally of US President Donald Trump, on Thursday issued an govt order requiring face coverings in public areas because the state marks document numbers of latest infections.
The order, issued forward of the July four vacation weekend, applies to counties with 20 or extra confirmed COVID-19 circumstances, Abbott’s workplace stated in assertion.
The governor additionally banned gatherings of greater than 10 folks, and mandated social distancing of six toes (two meters).
“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,” Abbott stated, citing the effectiveness of masks in slowing the unfold of the coronavirus.
“Restricting the size of group gatherings will strengthen Texas’ ability to corral this virus and keep Texans safe,” he stated.
Abbott’s orders got here after the state of affairs in Houston, America’s fourth-largest metropolis, sharply declined prior to now two weeks.
Texas on Wednesday reported a document 8,076 coronavirus circumstances in 24 hours, 1,000 greater than the document excessive a day earlier.
Overall, Texas has recorded greater than 175,000 coronavirus circumstances.
Abbott’s orders got here as many Republican officers, who have been initially lukewarm concerning the significance of sporting masks, start publicly calling for face coverings because the United States sees hovering numbers of latest infections.
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