Cleburne City Council approved a measure to fight the spread of COVID-19 by requiring commercial entities that provide goods or services directly to the public to post if they require customers to wear face coverings.
The Council voted at a June 30 meeting to introduce the requirement as a way to reduce the community spread of the Coronavirus as infection rates increase across the community, state, and country. Health officials, including the local public health authority, say that wearing face coverings can reduce the virus’s spread.
“We want to give the community and our businesses an opportunity to work together on voluntarily increasing the use of face coverings,” Mayor Scott Cain said. “We’re asking for Cleburnites and our local businesses to be team players as we fight the spread of COVID-19.”
The new regulation applies to businesses that provide goods and services directly to the public. Businesses will be able to decide whether or not they will require customers to wear face coverings on their property and must post signage at each entrance indicating their decision along with a health and safety policy addressing sanitizing efforts and social distancing protocols. While businesses can decide if customers must wear face covering, employees will be required to have them. Businesses can alter their requirement at any time.
The new regulations begin at 5 p.m. on June 30, 2020 and end on Aug. 3, 2020, with businesses having five calendar days to implement and post their health and safety policy and face covering signage.
To help reach this direction, Mayor Cain held conference calls with businesses to get their input.
Mayor Cain added that if the data shows that cases are not going down in a few weeks the City Council will have to look at other strategies to reduce the spread including possible mandates. The City Council also expressed the importance and increased efforts in educating the community about the importance of wearing face coverings.
Cleburne health officials remind the community that face coverings are an important tool available to fight the spread of COVID-19 along with social distancing and proper hygiene.
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