Face covering ordinance remains in effect in Round Rock

Round Rock residents are still required to wear face coverings if they are unable to maintain 6 feet of social distance. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Round Rock residents are still required to wear face coverings if they are unable to maintain 6 feet of social distance. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Round Rock residents are still required to wear face coverings if they are unable to maintain 6 feet of social distance. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Despite Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to lift the mask mandate statewide, the city of Round Rock is alerting residents that face coverings will continue to be required to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Round Rock announced March 10 that the emergency ordinance requiring face coverings will continue until 11:59 p.m. April 29. The emergency ordinance was first passed by the city June 29.

The ordinance was readopted at the Feb. 25 City Council meeting. Once passed, the ordinance stays in effect for 60 days.

Under the city’s home rule charter, the decision to continue the ordinance does not require approval by the state. The charter allows the city to take action outside of the governor’s orders.

Face covering must be worn by people over the age of 10 when they are unable to maintain 6 feet of social distance in public or commercial buildings.

Exceptions to the face covering ordinance includes:

  • exercising or physical activity;

  • when in a building that requires security surveillance or screening;

  • while eating or drinking;

  • when wearing a mask poses a mental, physical, safety or security risk;

  • when outside only with members of a single household; and

  • when a mitigation strategy, such as Plexiglas, provides adequate separation.

Businesses are required to post a public notice that all employees and visitors must wear face coverings if they cannot maintain 6 feet of social distance. It is up to businesses to establish additional hygiene measures if they desire, including wearing face coverings even if social distancing is possible.

The ordinance states the penalty for failing to comply with the face covering mandate is a verbal or written warning the fist time. Subsequent violations are subject to a $200 fine.

According to the ordinance, a public health emergency still exists due to the pandemic.


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