To prevent the spread of Covid-19, a sign directs travelers to wear masks at Love Field Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order that will lift the state’s capacity limits and mask mandate on March 10.

However, there are still places where people will be required to wear a mask even after Abbott’s order takes effect.


Abbott’s order does allow businesses to use coronavirus-mitigation measures, such as limiting capacity and requiring masks to be worn by customers. It can be equated to a typical “no shoes, no shirt, no service” policy.


The order allows public schools to operate under the minimum health protocols issued by the Texas Education Agency. Private schools and higher education institutions are encouraged to follow similar standards.

The TEA said Tuesday that updated guidance is expected to be issued this week.

Read what Houston-area school districts are saying about the mask policy here.

Federal property

According to an executive order signed by President Joe Biden on Jan. 20, masks are required to be worn by members of the federal workforce, on-site federal contractors and other people in federal buildings and on federal lands. The order also requires physical distancing to be observed.

Planes, trains, buses and more

Another order signed by Biden on Jan. 21, requires people using public transit and at ports of entry to the county to wear masks. The order covers airports, commercial aircraft, trains, public maritime vessels including ferries, intercity bus services and all forms of public transportation as defined in section 5302 of title 49 in the United States Code.