During a Monday press conference, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced the state’s plans to begins re-opening businesses in the next few weeks, and he also declared county and city laws forcing citizens to wear face masks null and void.

“We strongly recommend that everyone wear a mask,” Abbott said at a press conference where he announced his plans for reopening Texas. “However, it’s not a mandate. And we make clear that no jurisdiction can impose any type of penalty or fine for anyone not wearing a mask. Everyone should be encouraged, but my executive order supersedes local orders with regard to any type of fine or penalty for anyone not wearing a mask.”



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