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July 2, 2020

Gov. Abbott Executive Order No. 29

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, by virtue of the power and
authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Texas, do hereby order
the following on a statewide basis effective at 12:0 1 p.m. on July 3, 2020:
Every person in Texas shall wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when
inside a commercial entity or other building or space open to the public, or when
in an outdoor public space, wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social
distancing from another person not in the same household; provided, however,
that this face-covering requirement does not apply to the Miowing:
1. any person younger than 10 years of age;
2. any person with a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a
face covering;
3. any person while the person is consuming food or drink, or is seated at a
restaurant to eat or drink;
4. any person while the person is (a) exercising outdoors or engaging in
physical activity outdoors, and (b) maintaining a safe distance from other
people not in the same household;
5. any person while the person is driving alone or with passengers who are
part of the same household as the driver;
6. any person obtaining a service that requires temporary removal of the face
covering for security surveillance, screening, or a need for specific access
to the face, such as while visiting a bank or while obtaining a personalcare service involving the face, but only to the extent necessary for the
temporary removal;
7. any person while the person is in a swimming pool, lake, or similar body
of water;
8. any person who is voting, assisting a voter, serving as a poli watcher, or
actively administering an election, but wearing a face covering is strongly
9. any person who is actively providing or obtaining access to religious
worship, but wearing a face covering is strongly encouraged;
10. any person while the person is giving a speech for a broadcast or to an
audience; or
11. any person in a county (a) that meets the requisite criteria promulgated by the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) regarding
minimal cases of COVID-19, and (b) whose county judge has
affirmatively opted-out of this face-covering requirement by filing with
TDEM the required face-covering attestation form—provided, however,
that wearing a face covering is highly recommended, and every county is
strongly encouraged to follow these face-covering standards.
Not excepted from this face-covering requirement is any person attending a
protest or demonstration involving more than 10 people and who is not practicing
safe social distancing of six feet from other people not in the same household.
TDEM shall maintain on its website a list of counties that are not subject to this
face-covering requirement pursuant to paragraph number 11. The list can be
found at:

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