These Houston-area counties say they have no plans for mask orders

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Harris Co. mask mandate for businesses goes into effect
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Will you be fined if you don't follow the Harris County mask mandate? Hit play to hear what the order means for you and businesses and what other counties are doing.

As Harris County's face mask order for businesses goes into effect Monday, ABC13 checked with other counties to see where they stand on possible mandates. This is what we have found so far.

  • Fort Bend County

Judge KP George is asking people for their input on whether masks should be required at businesses.

He is directing people to an online survey, which asks other questions about COVID-19.

"I want to give YOU, the citizen, the opportunity to have input in my decisions to protect our community," George said in a social media post.

  • Galveston County

Judge Mark Henry said there are no plans to issue an order, adding that individuals and businesses "need to take personal responsibility in following the recommended best practices in slowing the spread of COVID-19."

  • Harris County

The Harris County order directs any businesses providing goods or services to require all employees or visitors to wear face coverings in areas of close proximity to co-workers or the public.

Businesses must post the health and safety policy in a place where it can easily be seen by employees.

Face coverings may include homemade masks, scarfs, bandanas, or handkerchiefs.

Businesses could also face a $1,000 fine if they don't comply.

READ MORE: What to know about Harris County's new face mask order

  • Montgomery County

County judge Mark Keough said there are no plans at the moment to issue a mask mandate for businesses.

"Individuals and businesses alike can and will make the decision for what is best for them with regard to wearing a mask," Keough wrote.