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Mesquite, TX – June 23, 2020 – The City of Mesquite reminds its community of the Dallas County Commissioner’s Court Order that requires all business employees and customers to wear a face covering while inside a business. The new Order, which is designed to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 disease, goes into effect Wednesday, June 24. Businesses that don’t comply can face a fine of up to $500 per violation. The City is asking its community to call its COVID-19 Hotline at 972-329-8373 to report any violations of the order they witness at businesses located in Mesquite.
City Manager Cliff Keheley said, “The health and safety of the public continues to be our top priority. We will use our code enforcement teams to continue the education of our businesses on the proper signage and practices they must implement to support this new Order. Our goal is to maintain an economic environment that fosters safe shopping and dining for both the business operators and their customers.”
The Dallas County Order, which is in effect until Aug. 4, stipulates that all businesses must have health and safety policies clearly posted at their entrances. Businesses must require all employees to wear a face covering and provide health practices, like temperature checks, that help reduce the possible transmission of the disease. All customers age 10 and up are required to wear a face covering when maintaining a six-foot distance inside a business is not possible. Some exclusions to the Order include government buildings, outdoor exercising, while consuming food or beverages, and businesses that have specific security requirements, like financial institutions. The Dallas County website www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/resources-business.php has further details on this Order, examples of health and safety policies and other resources for businesses.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends taking everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including: