Starting Thursday, June 25, customers inside of businesses in Fort Bend County will be required to wear masks or face coverings.
The new order issued by Fort Bend County Judge KP George will require businesses to post signs out front informing customers that they have to wear masks when they come inside and are within 6 feet of other individuals. The only exceptions to this are when a customer is eating or drinking or when they are outside the business. Churches and places of worship are also exempt from this new order.
If a business fails to post signage or doesn’t require compliance from their customers, they could face a $500 fine for each violation.
“It is about helping our community recover and helping our community combat this unprecedented time,” said Judge KP George.
As I have always said, our #COVID19 decisions will be based on data, science, and input which is why we will be issuing this important health and safety measure. Together we can keep Fort Bend open for business AND keep our people safe.
— County Judge KP George (@JudgeKPGeorge) June 24, 2020
The judge posted a survey earlier this week asking Fort Bend County residents for their opinions on a new mask order. George said around 17,500 residents responded and the overwhelming majority supported a mask requirement.
“A whopping 77.5 percent of the respondents said they are in favor of it,” said George.
Sugar Land’s mayor Joe R. Zimmerman has also passed a mask order for the city that will run through at least July 7.
You can see our guide to the latest mask orders for every nearby county.