Gov. Abbott banned COVID-19 vaccine and mask mandates in Texas, despite cases continuing to rise in the state

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In this Wednesday, March 17, 2021, file photo, Texas Gov Greg Abbott speaks during a news conference about migrant children detentions, in Dallas.

Texas Gov. Abbott signed an executive order on Friday, banning COVID-19 vaccine and mask mandates in Texas, despite cases continuing to rise in the state.

The order bans government entities from requiring masks or vaccine documentation for employees and also disallows private businesses from mandating masks or vaccine passports for customers. Fines of $1,000 will be doled out to those who violate the order, and private entities receiving state funding are at risk of losing the funding if they go against the order.

Cases have risen in Texas as the Delta variant spreads, and on Friday there were 6,347 new COVID-19 cases, according to the Department of Health.

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