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Executive Order GA-29 and Proclamation Amending GA-28

July 2, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-29 and a proclamation amending Executive Order GA-28.

Effective at 12:01 pm, Executive Order GA-29 requires every person in Texas to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when inside a commercial building or other building or space open to the public.

The requirement does not apply in certain conditions, including:

• For any person younger than 10 years of age;

• For any person with a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering;

• For any person while the person is giving a speech for a broadcast or to an audience; or

• For any person in a county with fewer than 20 active cases of COVID-19 and the county judge of the county has submitted an exemption affirmatively opting out of the requirement.

The number of active cases by county are available on the Department of State Health Services data site (see “Active Cases by County” tab), and a list of exempt counties that have opted out is available at https://tdem.texas.gov/ga29/.

GA-29 lists the penalty for a first violation as a verbal or written warning, with subsequent violations punishable by a fine not to exceed $250 per violation. Detention, arrest, or confinement in jail are prohibited for violations.

The proclamation amending Executive Order GA-28 modifies the previous executive order in two ways:

• Reduces outdoor gathering size limits, with certain exceptions, from 100 to 10 without mayor or county judge approval;

• Modifies wording on group size limits for groups larger than 10 from “should not” to “shall not be in groups larger than 10 and shall maintain six feet of social distancing from those not in their group.”

GA-28, as amended, and GA-29 will remain in effect until modified, amended, rescinded, or superseded by the Governor.