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Gov. Abbott issues Executive Order prohibiting governmental entities from requiring masks in Texas

Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Prohibiting Government-Mandated Vaccine Passports
Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Prohibiting Government-Mandated Vaccine Passports(Governor Abbott)
Updated: May. 18, 2021 at 12:58 PM CDT
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AUSTIN, Texas (KFDA) - Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order today prohibiting governmental entities in Texas from requiring masks.

This includes counties, cities, school districts, public health authorities and government officials.

Governor Abbott says public schools may continue to follow current mask-wearing guideline through June 4. However, after June 4, no student, teacher, parent, staff member or visitor can be required to wear a mask while on campus.

Beginning May 21, local governments or officials that attempt to impose a mask mandate can be subject to a fine of up to $1,000.

“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 Gov. 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.”

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.

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