WATCH: City Council approves new requirements for face coverings, large gatherings

Face coverings required for Lubbock business employees

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Lubbock City Council approved a new disaster declaration on Friday, requiring face coverings for employees of businesses who interact with the public and limiting public gatherings.

This new declaration requires all employees of area businesses and city offices to wear face coverings when interacting with the public closer than six feet away.

Customers are encouraged to wear facial coverings, but this is not required.

Employees and visitors to city offices would both be required to wear face coverings.

Steve Massengale and Juan Chadis supported wording that would require face coverings for employees and customers, but this part of the declaration was not approved.

The measure passed with a 5 to 1 vote.

The order states:

“All commercial entities in the City of Lubbock providing goods or services directly to the public must develop and implement a health and safety policy (“Health and Safety Policy”). The Health and Safety Policy must require, at a minimum, that all employees wear face coverings when in an area or performing an activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to co-workers or the public where six feet of separation is not feasible.”

Gatherings of 100 people or more are prohibited unless approved by the mayor or a county judge.

Restaurants will drop from 75 to 50 percent occupancy starting Monday.

Bars are closed for in-person visits as of noon Friday.

The following provisions continue from previous orders:

People should not be in groups larger than 10 and should maintain social distancing.

People over the age of 65 strongly encouraged to stay at home and maintain distance from anyway who has been out of the home.

This order does not apply to schools, churches, federal, county or state offices, which all have their own rules.

These rules about face coverings and public gatherings would take effect Monday, June 29. There will be no civil or criminal penalty associated with not wearing face coverings, per Gov. Abbott’s order.

The city issued this summary on Friday afternoon:

  • All businesses in the City of Lubbock must implement a health and safety policy that must require that all employees wear facial coverings when in an area where social distancing of at least six feet is not feasible.
  • Businesses must place the health and safety policy in a highly visible location to provide notice to employees of all requirements.
  • Pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order, outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people must submit a plan for approval by the Mayor or the event may not be held.
  • Individuals at outdoor events of more than 100 people where social distancing is not feasible are required to wear facial coverings.
  • Individuals visiting City of Lubbock facilities are required to wear facial coverings. This also applies to City employees. This is required when in an area that at least six feet of social distancing is not feasible.
  • Consistent with the governor's executive order, no civil or criminal penalty will be imposed on individuals for failure to wear a facial covering.

These requirements go into effect at 12:01 a.m. June 29, 2020, and will continue until July 28, 2020.

For more information, go to mylubbock.us/COVID19.

The full text of the declaration is available here:

Emergency City Council meeting at 3 p.m. to discuss requirements for face coverings, etc.

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Posted by KCBD NewsChannel 11 on Friday, June 26, 2020

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