SAN ANTONIO (Talk1370.com) -- Bexar County officials are applying a new approach in the fight against COVID-19, with a new executive order Wednesday that requires businesses to require face coverings.
The executive order, signed by Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, mandates that "all commercial entities providing goods and services" must implement a health and safety policy within five days, which would be Monday, June 22. That policy, the order states, "must require, at a minimum, that all employees or visitors ... wear face coverings when in an area or performing an activity which will necessarily involve close contact."
The new order does not allow for individuals to be fined for not wearing a mask, but businesses who fail to comply with the new order will face a $1,000 fine.
"The action I’m taking today may be pushing the legal bounds a little bit but our attorneys believe they can defend this order in court," Wolff said.
The new order is in effect until at least June 30.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott acknowledged Bexar County's efforts Wednesday afternoon in an interview with KWTX-TV in Waco, indicating he was on board with the order. "Pursuant to my plan, local governments can require stores and businesses to require masks. That's what was authorized in my plan, that's what the Bexar County Judge has now realized, and so what Bexar County is doing and what every county is authorized to do - impose requirements on business operations," Abbott said.