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Abbott: Governmental Entities Can’t Mandate Masks

DALLAS, TX - JULY 08: Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks at Dallas's City Hall near the area that is still an active crime scene in downtown Dallas following the deaths of five police officers last night on July 8, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. Five police officers were killed and seven others were injured in the evening ambush during a march against recent police involved shootings. Investigators are saying the suspect is 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson of Mesquite, Texas. This is the deadliest incident for U.S. law enforcement since September 11. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Texas Governor Greg Abbott is ordering governmental entities to end mask mandates. He issued an executive order today saying cities, counties, and other governmental bodies would be fined a thousand dollars for a mask mandate starting May 21st. Public schools are exempt from the rules through June 4th. Abbott says it should be up to Texans to decide if they want to wear masks to protect themselves from coronavirus. Mask mandates can still exist at government-owned hospitals, state-supported living centers, county and municipal jails, and TDCJ facilities.

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