People in Laredo, Texas, who do not cover their mouth and nose with a mask or other make-shift device could face a $1,000 fine as the coronavirus continues to spread.
The Laredo City Council issued an emergency ordinance this week enacting several rules to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Anyone over the age of five years old who walks around Laredo, Texas, without their mouth and nose covered could now be fined up to $1,000.
The ordinance also requires residents age 5 and older to wear “some form” of covering over their nose and mouth when entering public buildings, using public transportation, taxis and ride shares and pumping gas. Coverings can include a homemade mask, scarf, bandana or handkerchief.
Residents are ordered to shelter in their homes except for necessary errands and activities or to obtain services from essential businesses. Essential errands and services include seeking emergency services and medical attention and obtaining necessary household supplies such as groceries and food.
Beginning Thursday, people in the city must remain in their homes from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily. Residents are only allowed to leave during this time for essential trips and necessities. People who must report to work during these hours are exempt, but will need to show a letter from their employer.
The council said Laredo police officers will be enforcing the ordinance and “may use their discretion.” Violating the ordinance will be a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or jail for no more than 180 days.
In the Czech Republic and Slovakia, as well as some other countries, people have to wear a face mask in all public places. Their curve of infection in these countries is significantly lower.
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