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An alarming spike in U.S. coronavirus cases is prompting McDonald's to require customers to wear face masks at all of its more than 14,000 domestic-market restaurants, the company announced Friday. The policy takes effect on Aug. 1.

The U.S. now has more than 4 million known coronavirus cases; 1 million infections were diagnosed in just over two weeks.

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From Texas Standard:

Last week, shortly before Texas Gov. Greg Abbott did an abrupt reversal and ordered masks be worn across much of Texas, an extraordinary op-ed column appeared in The Washington Post. Part of what made it extraordinary was the person who wrote it.  

Tourists walk in the city center of Fredericksburg in early June. Just weeks before coronavirus cases began to increase in South Texas, visitation began to pick up after a drop off in March and April.
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The sheriffs for two Hill Country counties say they can't — and won't — enforce Gov. Greg Abbott's statewide mask order.

Starting Friday, wearing face masks will be the law of the land in most of Texas.

Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Thursday requiring Texans to wear face coverings in public in counties with 20 or more COVID-19 cases.

This post was updated on Monday, June 29, at 6:05 p.m. 

Dennis Bonnen, a conservative Republican and Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, is urging “so-called patriots” to wear facial coverings to prevent transmission of the highly contagious novel coronavirus and its disease COVID-19.

A mask at Freeman Coliseum's alternate care facility.
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Kerr County residents recently criticized new orders in some cities and counties where businesses must require customers and staff to wear masks.

As the number of new coronavirus cases spikes in several states across the U.S., governors, county officials and business owners have been crafting laws and guidelines that mandate the use of face masks to help prevent the spread of the virus.

But even a simple cloth face covering has become political.

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Police cited a man who was suspected of slapping Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff's outstretched hand during a tense encounter at a San Antonio store.

From Texas Standard:

Some of the state’s most populated cities and counties are mandating businesses require customers to wear face masks. The ordinances started going into effect over the weekend.

In Dallas County, for example, businesses can now be fined up to $500 per violation if they don’t comply with a countywide face-mask ordinance.