City and County announce second addendum to Stay Home Work Safe Order, face masks required

Thursday, Mayor Nirenberg and Judge Wolff announced a second addendum to the Stay Home Work Safe Order. This addendum is in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommendations to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Effective Monday April 20, all people 10 years or older must wear a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth when in a public setting where it is difficult to practice social distancing. Examples of where it might be difficult to practice social distancing include visiting a grocery store, pharmacy or working in areas that involve close proximity with other coworkers. The Mayor and Judge strongly recommended that residents DO NOT obtain or wear medical masks or N-95 Respirators as they are a needed resource for health care providers and first responders. Examples of cloth coverings residents can use are homemade masks, scarfs, bandanas, or a handkerchief.

Effective Monday April 20, employers who are Exempted Businesses must provide face coverings and training for appropriate use to employees who are working in an area that involves close proximity with other coworkers or the public.

Below are circumstances where residents do not have to wear a cloth face covering:

  • When exercising or engaging in physical activity outside

  • While driving alone or with passengers who are part of the same households as the driver

  • When doing so poses a greater mental or physical health, safety, or security risk

  • While pumping gas or operating outdoor equipment

  • While in a building or activity that requires security surveillance or screening, for example, banks

  • When consuming food or drink

In addition, effective Monday April 20, the occupancy of all retail exempted businesses listed in the Stay Home Work Safe Order, such as grocery stores, food service, food distribution providers must be at or below 25% of the Certificate of Occupancy Limit. If the store has reached the maximum occupancy, you must post staff at the entrances and exits to ensure compliance.

In alignment with the guidance by the Texas Attorney General, private golf courses may allow the playing of golf only if there are no equipment rentals, caddies, or other golf course personnel involved. In addition, social distancing must be maintained. Grounds keeping may continue and food sales may continue consistent with rules for restaurants. Municipal golf courses must remain close.

The Mayor and Judge stressed that residents need to continue maintaining social distancing while outside their residence. It is important to note that cloth masks are a secondary line of defense against COVID-19, and our primary defense is social distancing. Wearing a mask in public along with social distancing measures will further help slow the spread of COVID-19.

You can click here to view the official addendum to the Stay Home Work Safe Order signed by Mayor Nirenberg. If you have any questions about the second addendum, please contact Stephanie Reyes, Vice President of Public Policy. She can be reached by email at or by phone 210-229-2162.