Harris County Commissioners vote 3-2 to extend disaster declaration, including mask order, until Aug. 26

HOUSTON – Harris County Commissioners voted 3-2 to extend the county’s disaster declaration till August 26 Tuesday afternoon.

A spokesperson for Judge Lina Hidalgo told KPRC 2′s Syan Rhodes that since the mask order falls under this disaster declaration, it too is extended until August 26.

The mask mandate went into effect Monday, June 22, and was set to expire Tuesday if the Harris County Commissioners did not vote to extend it.

It said businesses must require employees and customers to wear masks. They must ensure social distance is maintained and sick employees stay home.

“I think you just let the people choose if they can use the mask or not so some people don’t like to wear the mask, some people they do, so let people choose,” said Jacob Martin.

Businesses posted signs at entrances and many read, “No mask, no service.”

Owners who did not enforce the order faced a $1,000 fine per violation.

“Given the situation with what’s going on, I feel like it’s the least we can do, just to keep everyone safe. I’m for it. It’s an inconvenience, but it’s saving lives, so why not,” said Calvin Lupya.

According to Judge Hidalgo’s Office, commissioners usually extend the declaration for two or three weeks at a time.

Judge Hidalgo said she’s been in contact with the governor’s office, asking for authority to enforce a stay home, work safe order.

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