Brazos County Judge Duane Peters and Bryan Mayor Andrew Nelson have issued an emergency order requiring social distancing and face masks in public spaces where 6 feet distance cannot be maintained.
The announcement was made during a press conference at the Bryan Municipal Building today.
The order goes into effect at 12:01 AM on Tuesday, June 30.
According to the order, all businesses, whether they have public contact or not, must implement a "Health and Safety Policy" requiring face coverings and social distancing protocols.
All persons 10-years-old or older, including customers, employees, visitors, invitees, and contractors who are out in public and/or entering a place of business shall use all reasonable efforts to comply with the face coverings and social distancing protocols.
Face coverings do not have to be worn during the following situations:
- When engaging in physical activity outside
- When driving alone or with passengers who are part of the same household as the driver
- When doing so poses a greater mental or physical health, safety, or security risk
- When operating outdoor equipment
- While in a building or participating in an activity that requires security surveillance, screening, or identification, for example, banks
- When consuming food or drink
- When receiving a service where a face covering would impair the service
There is no civil or criminal penalty for individuals for failure to wear a face covering.
Additionally, at this time, no civil or criminal penalty will be imposed on businesses who do not comply with this Order, though that is subject to change.
College Station Mayor Karl Mooney issued an emergency order requiring face masks in businesses and public places late Thursday night.
Brazos County Judge Peter's order is below:
Bryan Mayor Andrew Nelson's order is below: