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Ask 2: Has the mask mandate in Harris County expired?

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo talks about her decision to extend the county's stay-home order during a news conference in downtown Houston on May 21, 2020.
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo talks about her decision to extend the county's stay-home order during a news conference in downtown Houston on May 21, 2020. (KPRC)

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Question: Has the mask mandate in Harris County expired?

Answer: Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo’s mandatory mask order was set to expire on Wednesday. However, Hidalgo extended her order until 14 days after the expiration of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s COVID-19 disaster declaration. So in essence, after Abbott’s declaration expires, then Harris County residents will still be required to wear a mask for 14 more days.

Abbott issued a statewide executive order in July that requires Texans to wear face coverings in public spaces in counties where there are 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases.

As of Wednesday, the public health department reported there are more than 100,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Harris County with more than 21,000 of those considered active cases.

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Correction:This story has been corrected to reflect that Hidalgo's original order has been extended.


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