Gov. Abbott Establishes Statewide Face Covering Requirement & Limits Gatherings with More Than 10 People
Gov. Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order on Thursday, July 2 requiring all Texans 10 years and older to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in any county with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, effective at 12:01 p.m. on Friday, July 3.
Abbott also issued a proclamation to amend a previously issued Executive Order (GA-28), making it mandatory that, except as provided in the order or the minimum health protocols issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services, people not gather in groups larger than 10 and maintain 6 feet social distance from others. The proclamation also prohibits outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people unless the mayor or county judge provides approval.
According to the order, face coverings must be worn when inside a commercial entity, building, or other space open to the public or when in an outdoor public space where it is not feasible to maintain 6 feet of social distance from those not in the same household. Though Dallas County had previously required businesses to enforce the use of face coverings with a potential penalty for businesses that fail to comply, Abbott’s order extends the face covering requirement to additional spaces across all counties represented in Carrollton. Additionally, the order is enforceable on individuals rather than businesses. Following a verbal or written warning for first-time violators, a person’s second and subsequent violations are punishable by a fine not to exceed $250. The order mandates that no violator can be detained, arrested, or jailed for not wearing a face covering.
Face coverings do not need to be worn when consuming food or drink or seated at a restaurant; exercising or engaging in physical activity outdoors and maintaining social distance; driving alone or with passengers of the same household; obtaining a service that requires temporary removal of the face covering for security surveillance, screening, or a need for specific access to the face; swimming; giving a speech for broadcast or to an audience; voting, assisting a voter, serving as a poll watcher, or administrating an election (though face coverings are strongly encouraged in this instance); or providing or obtaining access to religious worship (though face coverings are strongly encouraged). Additionally, those with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent wearing a face covering are exempt from the order. Not exempted from the requirement are those attending a protest or demonstration involving more than 10 people who are not practicing safe social distancing of 6 feet from people outside their household.
There are no occupancy limits or restrictions on gatherings for essential services, religious services, local government operations, childcare services, youth camps, and recreational sports programs for youth and adults.
To make a COVID-19 related complaint in Carrollton, call 972-466-3060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.
For more information and a number of resources available from Dallas County Health and Human Services, Denton County Public Health, Collin County Health Care Services, the Texas Department of State Health Services, and the CDC, visit cityofcarrollton.com/coronavirus and follow the City’s social media channels for additional announcements.