The Republican governor of Texas announced on Thursday that he must wear a mask in public places in his large South American state, where cases of coronavirus are exploding.
“We can keep businesses open and develop our economy so that Texans can continue to make a living, but that requires each of us to play our part in protecting each other, which means covering our faces in the spaces public, “said Greg Abbott, an ally of President Donald Trump.
Published on the eve of the American National Day weekend, this governor’s decree also gives local officials the power to ban certain gatherings of more than ten people outside.
Texas is one of the states to have reopened its economy at the beginning of May, a process of deconfinement put on “pause” last Thursday.
Greg Abbott had then discontinued non-essential surgery in major cities to free up space for Covid-19 patients in hospitals.
Friday, the governor also ended the indoor dining in bars.
Texas reported nearly 8,000 new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, bringing the total to 175,977 cases and 2,525 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Another southern state that has become a hotbed, Florida reported another 10,000 positive tests on Thursday, breaking its record for new cases.
Given the scale of the health crisis, the county of Miami-Wade, the most populous in the country with nearly 2.7 million inhabitants, announced the wearing of the compulsory mask in public, except in places of worship .