Abbott previously resisted calls for such an order and at one point banned local governments from requiring masks. First-time violators will be issued a warning, though repeat offenders could be fined up to $250.
Texans will be voting in the middle of a pandemic on congressional, legislative and state board seats.
The moves, announced Friday morning, represent Abbott’s most dramatic action yet in response a surge in cases after he allowed businesses to reopen in the state.
Thousands more Texans tested positive for the new coronavirus over the weekend, and the state has reported 10 consecutive days of record-high hospitalizations.
The runoff election for the Democratic and Republican primaries is July 14. The runoffs were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Families that didn’t automatically get the federal aid for free and reduced-price meals missed while schools were closed have until June 30 to apply.
This year’s taxes are supposed to be based on commercial, industrial and residential property values at the beginning of the year. In some places hit hard by Covid-19 in the last two or three months, those values were higher then than they are today.
Housing advocates say they are still concerned about cases of harassment and the longterm housing safety of vulnerable Texans.
A new database allows renters to search if their buildings are under a federal eviction moratorium due to COVID-19. But advocates note that even if you aren’t listed, you might still have protections.
Texas Workforce Commission officials say the state will run out of money in May or June. Other economists predict that could happen in as soon as three weeks.