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Posted on: June 23, 2020

City Issues Order Requiring Face Coverings

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New Braunfels Mayor Rusty Brockman has signed an order requiring the use of face coverings in the New Braunfels city limits.

As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 continues to rise, the transmission of the virus remains a significant threat to the health and safety of the New Braunfels community.  State and local health authorities agree that the implementation of certain health measures, including social distancing and face coverings, help to reduce the rate of transmission.  The Mayor’s Advisory Group to Reopen New Braunfels, made up of business representatives from different industry sectors, was also consulted and that group also recommended additional measures to help slow the spread of the virus locally.

On the advice of local health authorities and input from the Mayor’s Advisory Group, and in accordance with Executive Orders issued by the Texas Governor’s Office, New Braunfels Mayor Rusty Brockman has signed an order requiring the use of face coverings at all businesses operating in the New Braunfels city limits.  The order goes into effect immediately and also continues the local disaster declaration and public health emergency previously issued by the city.

Under this new order, all commercial entities in New Braunfels that provide goods or services directly to the public must develop and implement a health and safety policy that requires all employees and visitors to wear face coverings whenever separation of 6-feet or more is not feasible.  Businesses will have until Sunday, June 28th to develop their policy and have it implemented when enforcement begins on Monday, June 29th, although the city’s goal is to educate and seek voluntary compliance.  In an effort to help local businesses comply with this order, a sample health and safety policy is available as well as signage that outlines the minimum requirements of the new order.  Those resources are available at nbtexas.org/businessresources.

Additionally, this order requires the use of face coverings for anyone over the age of 10 years old when in public and when the 6-foot social distancing standard is difficult to meet.  No civil or criminal penalty will be imposed on individuals for failing to wear a face covering, which includes homemade masks, scarfs, bandanas, or handkerchiefs.  It is strongly recommended that residents reserve the use of medical masks or N-95 respirators for health care providers and first responders. 

“Making this decision on behalf of our community is not something that I take lightly. But this order comes after a lot of consultation with local health authorities, business leaders, city staff, and fellow Council members.  Each person I have spoken with has shown great care and concern, not just for their own families, but for the well-being of the residents of this community,” said New Braunfels Mayor Rusty Brockman.  “The health and safety of our residents is the top priority, and this order is the right thing to do to take care of our community.”  

To read the order in its entirety, or for more about the city’s ongoing response to COVID-19, please follow this link: nbtexas.org/covid-19.

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