Mask order for businesses goes into effect Monday

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News)- A new order requiring certain businesses in San Antonio and Bexar County to mandate face coverings goes into effect Monday.

“All commercial entities providing direct goods and services to the public must develop and implement a health and safety policy,” Bexar County Judge  Wolff announced last week. “It must require, at a minimum, that all  employees and visitors wear face masks when they’re less than six feet apart.”

Mayor Ron Nirenberg added Wolff’s  order to the city’s Public Health Emergency Declaration as the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalized patients continue to rise. Nirenberg said Friday that the positivity rate, the percentage of positive results compared to the number of people tested,  has risen to 19 percent.

He says with more businesses and entertainment venues opening, it’s important to wear face coverings and stay at least 6 feet away from people outside of your household.

The mask requirement for businesses is going into effect the day after San Antonio Metro Health announced one additional coronavirus-related death and a one-day increase of 538 positive cases. The total number since the pandemic began has reached 6,882.

Businesses that violate the mask order could face a fine of up to $1,000.


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