MONDAY AM: Mask order in effect; Abbott to announce more openings


The Texas economy will continue its re-opening, but while Texans enjoy more economic freedom, Harris County residents have some choices taken away today.

Starting today, Harris County residents over the age of 10 have to wear a face covering in public, except if they are working out alone outside. There is mixed reaction to this. While many understood the order from County Judge Lina Hidalgo, others were not happy.

One resident told our TV partner Channel 2, "It's unconstitutional. When are are going to draw the line between being communist Russia and the United States of America?"

An attempt by opponents of the order for a temporary restraining order failed. The Texas Supreme Court is expected to weigh in today. And state lawmakers are talking about limiting the emergency powers of county officials.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott will announce more ways to re-open the Texas economy today. It is expected to continue in phases. Last week Abbott re-opened state parks, lifted some medical restrictions, and started retail to go.

Elsewhere:

  • The city of Houston reported sixty new cases and four deaths to bring the city total to 42.
  • The Greater Houston area had 146 new cases yesterday. The death toll now 188 after four deaths in the area.
  • The state of Texas reported 810 new cases yesterday. The 13 deaths reported yesterday make the state total 651.
  • Galveston Island’s public beaches reopen today with restrictions. You can go from 6-9am to work out. If you're there off hours you face a $500 fine.
  • Other beaches opened over the weekend. Some waiting two hours to visit the Bolivar Peninsula.
  • 55 percent of Texas voters told a UT poll they are afraid stay at home orders will expire too soon.
  • Starting today all HEB stores will open from 7am to 10pm.

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