Travis County commissioners unanimously approved a new ordinance today that requires people over 10 years old to wear face coverings when inside county facilities.
Those who refuse to comply can be arrested and charged with criminal trespass, a misdemeanor that carries a fine of up to $2,000 and a jail sentence of up to 180 days.
"I think this is a prudent policy," Commissioner Brigid Shea said, adding that she thinks other government entities and businesses should follow suit.
The ordinance does not include correctional facilities, such as the Travis County Jail or juvenile detention facilities. County courtrooms under the purview of the Texas Supreme Court and other government entities are also exempt.
If people do not have a face covering, the county will provide one. For those unable to wear one, such as because of a medical condition, the county will try to serve them over the phone or online.
There are very few places where local governments can enforce mask mandates, per an order from Gov. Greg Abbott.
Former Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt said that being unable to enforce wider mask mandates is "painful" during a virtual news conference yesterday, and places the burden on individuals to make good decisions about how to keep themselves and their communities safe.
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Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.
There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.
All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.
🗓 All weekend
Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities
All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park
This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.
6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.
10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park
Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.
Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.
11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway