BROWNSVILLE — Face masks must now be worn in public.
This is all part of a statewide mandate implemented by Governor Greg Abbott.
Texans are required to wear the face-covering in counties with 20 or more COVID-19 cases.
“The mandate does state that every person shall wear a face covering of mouth and nose when out in public,” Jose Loredo, Public Information Officer from the Brownsville Police Department explained.
That means not wearing one properly is the same as not wearing one at all.
Making sure the public is following the order is something local law enforcement is keeping an eye out for.
“If they were not to comply the citizen will receive a written warning. Now, after that, if the citizen doesn’t comply the citizen would get a fine,” Loredo added.
According to the mandate that fine can go up to $250.
The only exemptions are for Children under the age of 10, or if a person has medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from wearing a mask.
“It’s necessary for us to continue wearing our mask whether it’s in a public open space area or in a building because that is going to help us limit the spread,” he said.