Gregory Wayne Abbott (born November 13, 1957) is an American attorney who has served as the 48th governor of Texas since January 20, 2015. A member of the Republican Party, Abbott previously served as the 50th attorney general of Texas from 2002 to 2015. He is the third governor of any U.S. state to permanently use a wheelchair. He is also the first disabled governor in Texas history.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday afternoon has issued a nearly-statewide mandatory order requiring persons in any county having reported 20 or more cases of COVID-19 to wear mask covering their mouth and nose when they are inside a business and any other building open to the public and in any outdoor public space where physical distancing is not possible.
The order goes into effect at 12:01 p.m. Friday, July 3. The governor also banned outdor gatherings of more than 10 people without prior approval from local officials.