You Could Be Fined $1,000 For Leaving Home Without A Face Mask In These Texas Cities
Stay clean, stay safe.
Times are changing and going out in public isn't as simple as it used to be. In order to reduce the mass spreading of COVID-19, one county in Texas is now calling for their residents to wear a face mask any time they're outside of their home. Some Texas cities have new face mask rules where they can fine you for not wearing one, so you better buy or make one of your own before you owe $1,000.
At this point, most cities in Texas aren't placing fines on those who don't listen to mandatory face mask rules. According to The Washington Post, the City of Laredo is the first city in the U.S. to amend its shelter-in-place order to include such a fine.
The county of Willacy, which includes Raymondville, Port Mansfield and Laredo followed suit and issued an addendum of its own.
In Laredo's emergency mandate, the details of the shelter-in-place rules are explained and it tells what you need to do to stay legally abiding.
Laredo's new system went into effect on April 2, 2020, and Willacy's on April 8, 2020.
Since face masks are becoming hard to come by, your mask can be homemade, made from a bandana, scarf, or any other piece of thick fabric that can cover your mouth and nose.
Willacy's new order states that the penalty for "violating the Mandatory Cloth Face Covering requirement of this provision shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $1000 per violation."
The same fine is applicable in the City of Laredo, as well.
There are some exceptions to the mask rule, though. Willacy's shelter in place order states that you can go maskless in public when out for a run or other outdoor exercise, when riding in a personal vehicle, when eating or drinking, or in cases of emergency.
The Texas Department of State Health Services has a live-updating map of all the confirmed cases and deaths across Texas.
As of the morning of Monday, April 13, 2020, there are over 13,400 cases reported and over 270 fatalities.
The department also provides tips and information for locals on how to prevent the disease and how to deal with the current pandemic on their website and even on their Instagram.
Though the biggest cities in Texas have yet to follow suit with fining citizens for not using protective face coverings, it's not out of the question forever.
Us Texans will just have to wait and see for updates.