Q: What’s the penalty for violating Texas’ face mask order?

A: Last week, Gov. Greg Abbott ordered Texans living in counties with more than 20 cases of COVID-19 wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in places where physical distancing isn’t possible.

People in those counties must wear a mask “when inside a commercial entity or other building or space open to the public, or when in an outdoor public space, wherever it is not feasible to maintain 6 feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household,” the order says, although there are several exceptions.

First-time violators are to receive a verbal or written warning, according to Abbott’s order. The order says that “a person’s second violation shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $250.” Violations after that are also publishable by a fine not to exceed $250 per violation.

Law enforcement officials are not allowed to detain, arrest or jail anyone found in violation of this order, but officials are allowed to enforce trespassing laws and remove people who are not wearing masks at the request or a business or property owner.

You must be logged in to react.
Click any reaction to login.
0
0
1
1
0

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Transparency. Your full name is required.
Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. And receive photos, videos of what you see.
Don’t be a troll. Don’t be a troll. Don’t post inflammatory or off-topic messages, or personal attacks.

Thank you for reading!

Please log in, or sign up for a new account and purchase a subscription to read or post comments.

To subscribe, click here. Already a subscriber? Click here.