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Posted on: June 22, 2020

City issues order requiring face coverings in Galveston businesses

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GALVESTON, TX – June 22, 2020 – Customers and employees will be required to wear face coverings in all Galveston businesses that serve the public, effective after midnight tonight.

Mayor Jim Yarbrough signed on Monday an executive order requiring commercial entities that provide goods or services directly to the public to establish a health and safety policy requiring face coverings for customers aged ten or older. The face coverings must cover the customer’s nose and mouth.

The order is in response to a rising number of coronavirus cases in Galveston and Galveston County. As of Sunday, the Galveston County Health District was reporting 218 active cases of COVID-19 in Galveston. This order is in effect until at least 11:59 p.m. on June 30 and could be extended by a vote of City Council during Thursday’s meeting.

“This is a matter of public safety,” Mayor Jim Yarbrough said. “Medical professionals largely agree that wearing a face-covering reduces the transmission of this virus and, aside from staying home, is one of the most effective steps we can take to protect others. We’re at a critical time with a rising number of cases and I believe this science-backed, common-sense approach is good public policy.”

The order specifically requires commercial entities in Galveston that provide goods or services directly to the public to develop and implement a health and safety policy requiring employees and visitors to wear face coverings when in the business and in close contact with others. Face coverings may include homemade masks, scarves, bandanas, or a handkerchief.

The order also limits mass gatherings within the city and codifies the city’s practice of limiting visitors in City Hall and requiring temperature screenings for entry.

Consistent with Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order GA-26, no individual, business, entity, or organization shall schedule, host, or conduct any outdoor gathering reasonably anticipated to attract more than 100 participants unless approved by the mayor with the consultation of the local health authority.

Signage for businesses is available here: https://www.galvestontx.gov/…/108…/85x11-Masks-Required-Sign 

Signage for businesses in Spanish: https://www.galvestontx.gov/DocumentCenter/View/10876/Spanish-Masks-Required-Sign

The full text of the order is available here: https://www.galvestontx.gov/DocumentCenter/View/10870/Mayor-Order-Face-Coverings

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GALVESTON, TX - 22 de junio de 2020 - Los clientes deberán usar máscaras en todos los negocios de Galveston que atienden al público, a partir de la medianoche de esta noche.

Galveston Mayor Jim Yarbrough firmó el lunes una orden de emergencia que requiere que las entidades comerciales que brindan bienes o servicios directamente al público establezcan una política de salud y seguridad que requiera revestimientos faciales para clientes de diez años o más. Los revestimientos faciales deben cubrir la nariz y la boca del cliente.

La orden responde a un número creciente de casos de coronavirus en Galveston y el condado de Galveston. Hasta el domingo, el Distrito de Salud del Condado de Galveston reportaba 218 casos activos de COVID-19. Esta orden está vigente hasta al menos las 11:59 p.m. el 30 de junio y podría extenderse por votación del Concejo Municipal durante la reunión del jueves.

La orden específicamente requiere que las entidades comerciales en Galveston que brinden bienes o servicios directamente al público desarrollen e implementen una política de salud y seguridad que requiera que los empleados y visitantes usen coberturas faciales cuando estén en el negocio y en contacto cercano con otros (donde no hay seis pies de separación No es posible.) Las cubiertas faciales pueden incluir máscaras caseras, bufandas, pañuelos o un pañuelo.

La orden también limita las reuniones masivas dentro de la ciudad y codifica la práctica de la ciudad de limitar los visitantes en el Ayuntamiento y exigir controles de temperatura para la entrada.

De acuerdo con la orden ejecutiva GA-26 del gobernador Greg Abbott, ninguna persona, empresa, entidad u organización debe programar, organizar o realizar ninguna reunión al aire libre razonablemente anticipada para atraer a más de 100 participantes, a menos que sea aprobada por el alcalde con la consulta de la autoridad local de salud.


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