Gov. Abbott banned COVID-19 vaccine and mask mandates in Texas, despite cases continuing to rise in the state

This Wednesday, March 17, 2021, Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks during a press conference on the detention of migrant children in Dallas. Associated press / LM Otero
Texas Governor Abbott signed a new executive order on Friday banning mask mandates and vaccination records.
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Texas Governor Abbott signed an ordinance on Friday banning COVID-19 vaccine and mask mandates in Texas, although cases in the state continue to rise.
The order prohibits government agencies from requiring masks or vaccination documents for employees, and also prohibits private companies from requiring masks or vaccination records for customers. Fines of $ 1,000 will be distributed to those who violate the order, and private entities that receive government funding run the risk of losing funding if they violate the order.
In Texas, cases have risen with the spread of the Delta variant, and there were 6,347 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, according to the Department of Health.
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