Harris County, city of Houston expected to issue mask order this afternoon


Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner will hold a joint news conference this afternoon where they are expected to issue an order that will require residents to wear masks in public.

According to the order, residents 10 and older will be required to wear a covering, starting on Monday. The order will last for 30 days.

The coverings can be a mask, scarf, bandanna or handkerchief. The only exceptions will be when exercising, eating, drinking, if you're alone in a separate place, or at your home.

A similar order is already in place in Texas cities like Dallas and San Antonio. Punishment for violations that include a $1,000 fine or jail time.

It's not clear if a fine will also be issued in Harris County.

Earlier this month, the city of Laredo announced that every resident older than 5 years old must wear some sort of mask when going out in public. That includes when going to the store or even pumping gas. Those who don't could also be fined $1,000. Willacy County, which covers part of South Padre Island, said violators may face a $1,000 fine if they're caught not wearing a mask.

The official announcement from Hidalgo and Turner will be made at 3 o'clock.


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