Harris County mask order and disaster declaration extended through August 26

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HOUSTON- Harris County Commissioners have voted to extend the disaster declaration and Judge Hidalgo has also extended the county’s mask order through at least August 26th. The extensions come as Texas continues to see a spike in COVID-19 case numbers. Tuesday was another single day record with nearly 7,000 new cases reported across the state.

The Business Health and Safety Order requires Harris County businesses to make sure their employees and customers who are ten years of age and older are wearing masks. The order applies to businesses and commercial property.

Businesses do have the right to refuse service to anyone not wearing a mask except if a person cannot wear one for medical reasons. Businesses who do not comply with the order can face a fine of up to $1,000 per violation.

Exceptions to the order include when a person is eating, drinking or exercising.

On Tuesday, Judge Hidalgo, who has been self-quarantining after being exposed to someone with the virus, shared that she tested negative for COVID-19.

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