A Texas judge has publicly announced his county will not be mandating its citizens to wear face coverings when in public, calling such decrees “unconstitutional.”

Galveston County Judge Mark Henry released a statement on Wednesday clarifying his stance on the issue after neighboring Harris County made face masks mandatory hours earlier.

“Galveston County will not be issuing any orders mandating citizens to wear masks or face coverings in public,” Judge Henry declared. “America was built upon the fabric of individual liberty and freedom. It’s important now more than ever that we stress personal responsibility.”

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