Gov. Abbott Mandates statewide mask order Posted in: COVID-19News Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order Thursday, July 2 mandating all Texans wear a face covering over their nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. The Executive Order goes into effect Friday, July 3, at 12:01 p.m.PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!