A judge in Harris County, Texas, ordered residents to wear face masks in public for 30 days or be faced with a fine; initially the order was also punishable by jail time.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was among those who pushed back against Hidalgo’s order, calling it an overreach driven by “hypocrisy and hysteria”. Hidalgo’s mask order faced several legal challenges, including a court petition by Dr. Steven Hotze, which stated the order is unconstitutional. Gov. Greg Abbott ended up overruling the order, saying the county could not collect the fine. Read more