Q: Am I required to wear a mask in Victoria County?
A: No. Under the new “Stay Safe, Reopen Responsibly” orders issued Wednesday, the public is not required to wear cloth facial coverings in Victoria County, although local officials “strongly encourage” the public to wear them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone out in a public space wear a cloth covering over their mouths and noses. Other counties in Texas, including Harris, Bexar and Travis counties, have mandated that residents wear facial coverings in certain public settings. The new coronavirus is primarily believed to spread via respiratory droplets emitted when someone speaks, coughs or sneezes, and can be spread even by people who aren’t showing symptoms. Facial coverings, in addition to maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from other people, could help to reduce the spread of the virus, according to the CDC.