Cass County judge opts out of Abbott's masks in public order

Clay Curtis
July 4, 2020

Greg Abbott (R) issued an executive order on Thursday requiring residents to wear masks in public in every county in the state that has 20 or more cases of COVID-19.

Children younger than 10 years old, people with medical conditions that prevent them from wearing a mask, people drinking or eating, or people exercising outside are exempt from the order.

The governor also granted additional powers to mayors and county judges to impose restrictions on outdoor gatherings and events.

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's order requires Texans living in counties with 20 or more positive cases of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus to wear a covering over the mouth and nose inside a business or another building open to the public.

In Florida on Thursday 10,108 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, marking a new single-day record for the state. While he hasn't been as extreme as some other Republican governors in dismissing the threat of COVID-19 and resisting mitigation strategies, Abbott has until the last few days towed the GOP line that reopening the economy is the top priority.

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On Sunday, a far-right anti-mask rally was held on the grounds of the Texas Capitol attended by about 150 people. A second violation can result in a $250 fine, according to the order. Wolff was the first local official to order businesses to require their customers to wear masks. "In fact it's getting worse".

Amid te new surge in the number of cases in the country, the U.S. now accounts for the world's highest number of infections and fatalities with 2,793,425 and 129,432, respectively, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

The proclamation itself mandates, with some exceptions, that people can not gather in groups of more than 10 people and must maintain 6 feet of distance between people.

The executive order does stipulate some exceptions to the mask requirement. But last week he moved to re-close bars and limit dine-in capacity in restaurants to 50%. "But let me be clear: No one can ever be put in jail for violating this safe practice", Abbott said.

One intraparty Abbott antagonist, state Rep. Jonathan Stickland of Bedford, vented after Abbott's announcement Thursday that the governor "FAILED TO MENTION" the mask mandate during a conference call with legislators.

"Government can not require individuals to wear masks", he later explained, according to the Texas Tribune.

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