Harris County Mask Policy: What do Businesses Need to Do?

The Harris County Judge instituted an order starting today through 11:59 pm June 30 that businesses require employees and customers to wear masks “when in an area or performing an activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to co-workers or the public”. 

Businesses must post their policy in a conspicuous location so that employees and visitors are aware of the policy. This health policy would include wearing a mask and if you choose, any number of other steps recommended by the CDC and Harris County, found here. Businesses must also implement the policy or face a fine of up to $1,000 for each violation.   

There are exemptions: 

  • Children under 10; 
  • If you are outside; 
  • If you have a physical or mental condition that would make it harmful to you to wear a mask; 
  • If you are in a building that requires security surveillance (like a bank);
  • When eating or drinking.

We recommend that you evaluate your business location, and determine if there is a possibility of employees or visitors coming within 6 feet of each other. For example, if you have people working in cubicles or open work areas, they are probably not 6 feet apart, and masks should be required. The same holds true for common areas like reception, bathroom and kitchen areas.

By: Kim Rankin

Ms. Rankin is a Corporate Attorney at The Fuentes Firm who assists the firm’s clients in corporate matters including Business Structuring, Real Estate and Labor and Employment.