Two weeks ago, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo stood before a podium at TranStar in Houston, wearing a face mask, to announce she was signing an order requiring people to wear face coverings in public.
That order, which carried the penalty of a $1,000 fine for violators, lasted less than one week, before Gov. Greg Abbott issued his own order superseding that directive, saying “no jurisdiction can impose any type of penalty or fine for anyone not wearing a mask.”
Tensions are mounting across Texas, as Abbott and local leaders issue conflicting orders about how to combat the spread of coronavirus.
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