The Harris County Judge instituted an order starting today through 11:59 pm June 30 that businesses require employees and customers to wear masks “when in an area or performing an activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to co-workers or the public”.
Businesses must post their policy in a conspicuous location so that employees and visitors are aware of the policy. This health policy would include wearing a mask and if you choose, any number of other steps recommended by the CDC and Harris County, found here. Businesses must also implement the policy or face a fine of up to $1,000 for each violation.
There are exemptions:
- Children under 10;
- If you are outside;
- If you have a physical or mental condition that would make it harmful to you to wear a mask;
- If you are in a building that requires security surveillance (like a bank);
- When eating or drinking.
We recommend that you evaluate your business location, and determine if there is a possibility of employees or visitors coming within 6 feet of each other. For example, if you have people working in cubicles or open work areas, they are probably not 6 feet apart, and masks should be required. The same holds true for common areas like reception, bathroom and kitchen areas.
By: Kim Rankin
Ms. Rankin is a Corporate Attorney at The Fuentes Firm who assists the firm’s clients in corporate matters including Business Structuring, Real Estate and Labor and Employment.