Edinburg City Council issued a mandate requiring residents to wear a face-covering when inside buildings.
“Doctors believe COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes,” said Mayor Richard Molina in a release. “But there is also medical information suggesting aerosolized droplets can be produced just by talking or even breathing. Edinburg, do not take this lightly. This is a public health emergency.”
According to a release, the city decided after medical experts said there is clear evidence that COVID-19 is being community spread.
The release adds that any type of device that covers the nose and mouth will be considered to be compliant with the mandate.
The facial covering will be required in buildings. The release adds residents do not have to have to use face-covering in their homes, vehicles, when alone in an enclosed space or when exercising outdoors.
According to the release, the mandate will go into effect Monday, April 6 at 5 a.m.
For more information, visit the city’s website.