To combat rising numbers of new cases locally and statewide, Missouri City Mayor Yolanda Ford issued an order requiring employees and customers to wear face coverings in city businesses, according to a press release from the city.
The requirement went into effect June 28 at 12:01 a.m. and is set to expire July 10 at 12:01 a.m.
“The rising number of cases in the region is alarming and we need to do everything possible to curb this virus from spreading,” Ford said in the release. “We continue to have the highest number of cases in Fort Bend County, so let’s come together as a community and do our part by wearing masks, washing hands and socially distancing ourselves, to ensure that Missouri City does not turn into a severe COVID-19 hot spot.”
According to the city, Ford’s directive mirrors action taken by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Fort Bend County Judge KP George last week.
Under the order all commercial businesses in Missouri City that provide goods and services to the public must develop, post and implement a policy to require all employees and visitors above the age of 10 to wear a face covering, per the release. Failure to do so by June 30 may result in a fine not to exceed $1,000 for each violation.
Face coverings are not required outdoors, while eating or drinking, or if wearing one would pose a threat to mental or physical health and safety.
View the full order below:
Additional information about how the coronavirus is affecting operations in Missouri City can be found at www.missouricityready.com.