Johnson County Judge Roger Harmon on Tuesday updated the county's declaration of disaster as it pertains to wearing face masks.

“Other than exceptions specifically provided in the executive orders of Gov. Greg Abbott, outdoor gatherings where social distancing is not feasible and where it is estimated that 10 people or more are present, are required to wear masks,” according to the order which took effect at 6 p.m.

That same day, Harmon added that all 10 and older are “strongly urged to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when in an area open to the public where it is difficult to keep 6 feet away from other people.”

Harmon noted that the Centers For Disease Control advises face coverings for all 2 and older. Coverings, Harmon said, may include homemade masks, scarfs, bandanas or a handkerchief. Harmon said residents should continue to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet apart while outside their homes.

The requirement of wearing a face covering does not apply in cases where covering the nose and mouth poses a significant mental or physical health risk to an individual. It also does not apply while an individual is consuming food or beverages or when they are receiving a service where the wearing of a face covering would impair the performance of that service.

The order notes that Abbott, on June 17, stated that local governments can require stores and businesses to require masks.

Harmon's order remains in effect until July 14 unless extended, modified or terminated by Harmon or the Johnson County Commissioners Court.

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