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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the state plans to ban mask mandates by governmental entities, including local governments and public schools.
The executive order prohibits “governmental entities in Texas — including counties, cities, school districts, public health authorities, or government officials — from requiring or mandating mask wearing,” a press release states.
Local governments or officials that attempt to impose a mask mandate can be fined up to $1,000 beginning May 21.
Public schools may continue to follow current mask-wearing guidelines through June 4, but after June 4, no student, teacher, parent, or other staff member or visitor can be required to wear a mask while on campus.
“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,” Abbott said. “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.”
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 are exempt from the executive order.
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Still not gonna make me a cowboys fan. but yeah, nice job Texas
Same, being a giants fan but I can just root for the longhorns (as long as they keep their damn fight song…) and that won’t get in the way of my gators fandom. Works for me
If the science is in, why not lift it for kids immediately?
School year is over by 4 June and most school districts can’t afford 1,000 dollar fine is my guess.
No, I mean lift the mask requirement for kids before 4 June. The TEA issues “guidance” which is optional, but not law, but nearly every school district follows it. Our district is out on 27 May, but they have said (two months ago) that the mask requirement for elementary!!!! school kids would stay in place until June 1.
They’re taking personal items home starting tomorrow, yet it’s still masks at all times, everywhere. Again, for kids under 10 (applies to all grades, just pointing out the stupidity of making the kids suffer an extra week and a half … to accomplish what?)
I live in a red neck state, too (which is a good thing)……but not getting the same love. C’mon!
Make America Florida!
Better late than never I guess bout damn time
And this a month after I waited in line for 2 hours to get my car tags. Ah, well.
And that’s another fightin Texas Aggie First Down