Austin-Travis County extends “Stay Home – Work Safe” orders, mandates fabric face coverings

Posted on 04/14/2020 by Austin Chamber of Commerce

The City of Austin and Travis County have extended "Stay Home - Work Safe" orders until May 8 and have mandated individuals over the age of 10 wear fabric face coverings when conducting essential work or activities.

"Everyone over the age of ten must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when in a public building, using public transportation or ride shares, pumping gas and while outside when six feet of physical distancing cannot be consistently maintained. A face covering is not required when eating, riding in a personal vehicle, alone in a separate single space, or in the presence of other members of your residence. Additionally, a face covering is not required when wearing one poses a greater mental or physical health, safety or security risk such as anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance."
  • All employees are required to wear face coverings when working at an essential business
  • All customers are required to wear face coverings when entering an essential business
  • All workers are required to wear face coverings when working in critical infrastructure jobs

The City of Austin has tutorials for DIY face masks on its website.

Additionally, all essential businesses are required to post mandatory face-covering signage at their establishments. This signage can be downloaded below.

Face-covering signage for essential businesses

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