Dallas County Mandates Businesses Require Face Masks

 It’s time to Mask Up, Addison! Walking around town, it’s clear that many people were already wearing face masks whenever they leave their homes. However, wearing a face covering or a mask is now required in Dallas County whenever you leave your home and enter an indoor business.

Last Friday, June 19, Dallas County announced that effective June 19 at 11:59 p.m., all commercial entities in Dallas County providing goods or services directly to the public must develop and implement a health and safety policy. This health and safety policy must require, at minimum, that all employees or visitors to the commercial entity’s business premises or other facilities wear face coverings.

Additionally, commercial entities must post the health and safety policy required by the executive order, which was approved by Dallas County Commissioners, in a conspicuous location sufficient to provide notice to employees and visitors of all health and safety requirements. Failure to implement this policy within five calendar days following the effective date (so, June 24) may result in a fine not to exceed $500 for each violation.

 A face covering could be a scarf, bandana, ripped off portion of a T-shirt, piece of cloth, or a fabric or paper mask. It needs to cover your mouth and nose to be most effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19. According to the CDC, COVID-19 can be spread by asymptomatic carriers, who transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. The virus spreads between people in close proximity, by speaking, coughing or sneezing. It is also recommended to maintain six feet socially distancing measures to slow the virus.

Want to wear a mask in style? Several Corridor-based retailers are selling face masks. These include Anthropologie inside the Shops at Willow Bend is selling this adorable three-pack of face masks in pink, floral and polka dot for $24. You can also get a two-pack at Target for $4, which come in black, navy blue, hot pink and red.

Stay safe, friends!

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