Amarillo reminds citizens Governor's face mask order still in effect


While the Amarillo-area is no longer an area of high hospitalization for COVID-19 according to criteria from the Texas Department of State Health Services, Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order requiring the wearing of face masks in public is still in effect.

The governor’s executive order – GA 29 – requires all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. GA 29 was issued in July.

“It is of utmost importance that Amarillo residents maintain their commitment to protecting themselves and others by continuing to wear face masks,” said Amarillo City Manager Jared Miller. “The commitment our citizens have shown to wearing face masks is one of the primary reasons for the decrease in our COVID-19 hospitalization rate. It is vital that we continue to follow state executive orders that are proving successful in stopping the spread of COVID-19 in our community.”

Information on GA 29 can be found here: 
https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-establishes-statewide-face-covering-requirement-issues-proclamation-to-limit-gatherings

The COVID-19 hospitalization rate for the Panhandle Regional Advisory Council (RAC), which includes Amarillo, dropped below the 15-percent threshold for high hospitalization according to state criteria on Wednesday.

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