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Gun Barrel City enacts face covering ordinance

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GUN BARREL CITY–In a special city council meeting, the Gun Barrel City Council convened to discuss and vote on Ordinance O-2020-023, which would require all businesses in Gun Barrel City to display a mandatory face covering notice and require all persons entering commercial businesses to wear a face covering.
This ordinance is in addition to Governor Abbott’s July 2 amendment to Executive Order GA-29, requiring all persons to wear a mask when in a commercial business open to the public.
After council discussion, the Ordinance was passed and became effective July 30 at Noon and remains in effect for a period not to exceed 60 days.
Gun Barrel City Ordinance #O-2020-023, reads in part:
Mandatory face coverings for individuals.
a. Except as provided below, effective as of 12:00 p.m. on July 30, 2020, and continuing for a period not to exceed sixty (60) days, all persons ten (10) years or older shall wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when:
1. inside a commercial entity or other building open to the public, or
2. outside with a group of people where it is difficult to keep six (6) feet away from other persons in the group.
b. The requirement to wear face coverings does not apply to the following situations:
1. when exercising or engaging in physical activity.
2. when in a building that requires security surveillance or screening, such as banks.
3. while consuming food or drink.
4. when outside with a group of only members of a single household.
Aug. 3 a Special City Council meeting was held to adopt Ordinance O-2020-024, amending Ordinance O-2020-023.
The amendments include adding a provision exempting persons with health conditions from the mandatory face coverings for individuals and to reduce the fine for ordinance violations from $500 to $250.