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City of Marlin issues mask order for businesses, public places

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Posted at 10:23 AM, Jun 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-27 11:23:43-04

MARLIN, TX — The City of Marlin has issued an order requiring face coverings in businesses and public places in response to COVID-19.

The order became effective 12:01 AM on June 25.

Commercial entities in the City of Marlin providing goods or services directly to the public must develop and implement a health and safety policy. That policy must require, at minimum, that every employee or visitor to the commercial entity's business premises or other facilities wear a face covering when in an undivided room or area.

Each business entity must create and post a Health and Safety Policy by 12:01 A.M. on July 1, 2020. Failure to do so may result in a fine not to exceed $1,000.

The order states everyone 10-years-old and older must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when in a public place where it is difficult to maintain six feet of social distance.

No civil or criminal penalty will be imposed on individuals for failure to wear a face covering.

Face coverings do not need to be worn in the following circumstances:

  • When exercising outside or engaging in physical activity outside
  • Alone in a separate single space, whether indoors or outdoors
  • In the presence of other members of one's residence
  • When doing so poses a greater mental or physical health, safety, or security risk
  • When doing so poses a security or safety risk, such as impairing the ability to drive
  • While in a building or participating in an activity that requires security surveillance, screening, or identification, for example, banks
  • When consuming food or drink.

Individuals who are experiencing homelessness are exempt from this order but are encouraged to social distance.

Read the full order below: