Coronavirus: Face Masks Are Now Mandatory in All Large StoresPress Release
SAN ANGELO, TX – In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Local Health Authority has issued an order requiring businesses to require the use of face masks in retail stores with an occupancy load of 100 people or more.
Here's the order:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Dr. James Vretis, Tom Green County Public Health Authority, pursuant to Texas Health and Safety Code §81.082, hereby issue the following control measure order to limit the spread of COVID-19:
Effective 12:00 a.m. on June 27, 2020 all retail stores that have a posted occupancy load of 100 persons or more within Tom Green County, Texas shall require all customers 10 years or older and all employees to wear a mask or cloth that covers the mouth and nose while they are within the store or within 6 feet of a person from another household when they are outside the store and on store property.
“We applaud the City of San Angelo for looking out for the health of our residents and our customers,” said Nick George, top store leader at H-E-B. “As COVID-19 cases drastically increase across the state, San Angelo must be vigilant against the virus. Masks are an easy, proven way to slow the spread of the coronavirus.”
All businesses not otherwise covered by this order are strongly recommended to similarly require mask for all customers and employees.
A FAILURE TO FOLLOW THIS ORDER SHALL SUBJECT EACH PERSON IN VIOLATION TO COURT ACTION AND WILL CONSTITUTE A CLASS B MISDEMEANOR PURSUANT TO §81.087 OF THE TEXAS HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE. SUCH COURT ACTION MAY INCLUDE APPLICATION FOR A COURT ORDER TO AUTHORIZE LAW ENFORCEMENT TO USE REASONABLE FORCE TO SECURE THE PROPERTY, AND TO PREVENT INDIVIDUALS FROM ENTERING THE PROPERTY. SEE §81.084(L).
This Order is issued under my authority as Public Health Authority for Tom Green County, Texas on this
6/25/2020 | 10:17 AM CDT
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