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

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Monday, June 22, 2020
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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.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) -- Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo issued a new mask order, mandating businesses to require wearing of face masks, starting today.

"The idea is to see this as a no shirt, no shoes, no mask, no service," she said.

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

Face coverings may include homemade masks, scarfs, bandanas, or handkerchiefs. Businesses must post the health and safety policy in a place where it can easily be seen by employees.

Kroger and H-E-B said they will be requiring masks.

The $1,000 fine could be a big motivator to some store owners, who have been struggling after being shut down for months. To report a business in violation of the order you can call (832) 839-6941.

The latest numbers show just over 21,000 COVID-19 cases in Harris County and the City of Houston, with 12,500 of them classified as "active."

Bexar and Travis counties in the San Antonio and Austin areas issued similar orders.

In the Houston area, Montgomery and Galveston County authorities said they will not be issuing a mask order. Instead, they'll recommend masks be worn.

SEE ALSO: La Marque mayor signs order requiring face masks in public

La Marque Mayor Bobby Hocking signed an order on Friday mandating residents inside the city wear masks and practice social distancing. Face coverings are required anywhere outside of your home or vehicle.

Fort Bend County has yet to issue a mask order, but they are surveying residents on whether or not they think it is necessary.

The Harris County order is set to expire June 30, the same day the disaster declaration expires. But, both could be extended.

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