Liberty County not extending mask order, State order still in effect

As of Monday, July 20, Liberty County is not extending its mask order that expired on July 15 and currently there are no plans to extend it in the future, according to Liberty County Judge Jay Knight.

Don’t discard your masks yet. With COVID-19 cases still popping up, the masks are still required in all public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive cases. This requirement comes from an executive order signed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott on July 2. As Liberty County has 616 COVID-19 cases as of Monday, the mask order is in effect until further notice.

“The state’s order has no expiration date. The County’s mask order was way less stringent than the state’s,” said Knight. “Our order only said that businesses had to post a sign asking people to wear a mask. The businesses would not be fined if someone came inside without a mask.”

Enforcing any mask order has proven to be problematic, the judge said, as numerous sheriffs and law enforcement agencies across the state have refused to arrest anyone defying the mask order.

As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Liberty County, Knight is still hoping to get the cooperation of residents in wearing a mask when they are out in public.

“I think the masks really do work. It all boils down to using a little common sense,” he said.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.


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      “Considerations for Wearing Cloth Face Coverings
      Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
      Updated July 16, 2020”
      “Evidence for Effectiveness of Cloth Face Coverings
      woman wearing face covering, with a detail showing how the cloth barrier helps to contain respiratory droplets that she exhales
      Cloth face coverings are recommended as a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the cloth face covering coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice. This is called source control. This recommendation is based on what we know about the role respiratory droplets play in the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, paired with emerging evidence from clinical and laboratory studies that shows cloth face coverings reduce the spray of droplets when worn over the nose and mouth. COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), so the use of cloth face coverings is particularly important in settings where people are close to each other or where social distancing is difficult to maintain.”

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