HOUSTON – Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo officially announced that she will require county residents to wear masks or face-covering in public in a joint news conference with Mayor Sylvester Turner on Wednesday.
New mask order
Hidalgo said she would be signing an order requiring people to wear some form of face-covering that will go into effect Monday and remain in effect for 30 days.
According to Hidalgo, she is putting the order in place to help keep people safe as officials work to reopen the county, but masks are not a replacement for social distancing.
“If we get cocky or sloppy, we get right back to where we started and all the sacrifices that we have been making will be in vain," Hidalgo said.
Hidalgo said the latest research says that even people who are not symptomatic can be carrying the virus. Face masks protect the community from that transmission.
Here is what to know about the order:
Who is required to wear a mask?