As the Houston area deals with a large increase in coronavirus cases, some local counties are taking steps to slow the spread of the virus through the use of mask mandates.
These rules vary from county to county, and keeping up with all of the details to ensure you’re in compliance can be tricky. That’s why we’ve put together this guide with the latest available information about mask requirements in Houston-area counties.
- Brazoria County–No order is in place, and County Judge Matt Sebesta says he doesn’t expect to issue one for the county. Instead, mayors of the various cities within the county will be allowed to handle the situation how they see fit for their town.
- Chambers County–Visitors are required to wear a mask and have their temperature checked when entering county buildings, like libraries and official government buildings. However, this doesn’t extend to businesses in the county.
- Fort Bend County–A new order will go into effect June 25 that requires businesses to post signs informing customers they are required to wear masks inside the business when within 6 feet of anyone else. The only exceptions are when a person is eating/drinking or while outside of the business.
- Galveston County–The county isn’t requiring masks at this point, but they are strongly encouraging citizens to wear them when unable to socially distance properly. Additionally, the City of La Marque, which is in Galveston County, has passed their own rule that requires residents inside of city limits to wear a mask when outside of their home or vehicle.
- Harris County–A new mask order was put in place effective June 22, requiring all customers and employees over the age of 10 to wear a mask when inside of a business when social distancing isn’t possible. Businesses can be fined up to $1,000 for not complying with the rules.
- Liberty County–No mask order is in place. The county encourages everyone to follow CDC recommendations and to practice good hygiene.
- Montgomery County–No order is in place at this time, and there are no plans for a mask order to be issued in the future, according to County Judge Mark Keough.
- Waller County–No mask order is in place. County Judge Trey Duhon says that the recent spike in cases across the state is “a strong reminder to follow CDC and Local Health Department’s recommendations.”
We’ll continue to update this page as new orders are announced or modified.