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Kaufman County issues order requiring face coverings

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KAUFMAN COUNTY–Kaufman County Commissioners’ Court met for an emergency meeting to discuss the health and safety of the public June 29.
During the discussion, Commissioner Pct. 4 Ken Cates advocated for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, “The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) does make these adaptation and feasibility recommendations for people should not wear face coverings so that’s children under two or anyone who has trouble breathing. Individuals that are deaf or hard of hearing, those people are often adversely impacted. In that instance (the CDC) recommends at a minimum clear face covering.” This would also include developmental disabilities, sensory integration and mental health conditions.
“What people resent is a government entity to be very heavy handed. We’re just telling them, at the minimum, socially distance if you can’t wear a mask. Whatever you want to do inside your business that’s on top of, go for it,” Kaufman County District Attorney Erleigh Wiley stated during the meeting. Wiley continued, “This is not to prosecute people for enjoying their freedom, not in Kaufman County.”
After a lengthy meeting and some debate between the commissioners the order was passed unanimously, requiring that all commercial business entities must develop a health and safety policy.  
“Effective as of 11:59 p.m. June 29, 2020 and continuing until modified, terminated or rescinded by the Commissioners’ Court of Kaufman County, all commercial business and entities open to the general public in Kaufman County providing goods or services directly to the general public must develop a health and safety policy. The Health and Safety Policy must require at a minimum that all employees and visitors (10 years of age or older) to the commercial entity’s business premises or other facilities wear face coverings in an area or while performing an activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to co-workers or the general public where six feet of separation is not feasible.”
Additionally, an order was passed requiring all County employees and visitors to Kaufman County buildings to wear a face covering unless 6-foot social distancing can be assured. The full orders will be posted the county’s website www.kaufmancounty.net.