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Texas governor issues mandatory mask policy

Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Thursday issued an executive order requiring residents to wear face coverings in public in counties with 20 or more positive coronavirus cases. The order also gives local authorities the ability to limit gatherings of more than 10 people.

"Wearing a face covering in public is proven to be one of the most effective ways we have to slow the spread of COVID-19," Abbott said in a statement Thursday. "Restricting the size of groups gatherings will strengthen Texas' ability to corral this virus and keep Texans safe."

The state reported 7,915 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

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