Face coverings or masks required in public in Harris County

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced Wednesday that face coverings will be required in public starting next week.

The order goes into effect on April 27. It will remain in effect for 30 days.

The face coverings will be required for people who are in a public place in close proximity to others. Those who are found in violation will be fined $1,000.

The mask can be a handkerchief or other material from home.

Judge Hidalgo says it does not need to be a medical-grade or N95 mask.

Under the order, if you are exercising or out for a walk, you will not have to wear a mask, and children under 10 will not have to wear a mask.

A "Stay Home, Work Safe" order is currently in effect for Harris County through April 30.

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