Review: City of Laredo, Texas will fine up to $1000 those who enter buildings without mouth and nose covering

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Review: City of Laredo, Texas will fine up to $1000 those who enter buildings without mouth and nose covering

Review: City of Laredo, Texas will fine up to $1000 those who enter buildings without mouth and nose covering

This story describes the city’s new mandate through April 30 that people entering buildings other than their own home take steps to cover their mouth and nose.

The city of Laredo, Texas has passed an order requiring that anyone over the age of 5 who enters a building that is not their home cover their mouth and nose with a mask, bandanna, scarf, or other fabric. This rule also will apply to entering offices, use of public transportation, and public gas stations. The penalty for failing to take these steps could be as high as $1000. The City Council had originally mandated that people going outside cover their nose and mouth, but that rule was seen as too broad.

When asked about the severity of the fine, and how many people were suffering financial difficulties, one city council member replied, “I’d rather bury them in debt than bury them in a coffin.”

|2020-04-02T16:23:42-04:00April 2nd, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|Comments Off on Review: City of Laredo, Texas will fine up to $1000 those who enter buildings without mouth and nose covering

About the Author: Ross Silverman

Ross Silverman
Ross D. Silverman, JD, MPH, is Professor of Health Policy and Management at Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health and Professor of Public Health and Law at Indiana University McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. He is a member of the IU Centers on Health Policy and Bioethics. His research focuses on public health and medical law, policy, and ethics, and law's impact on health outcomes and vulnerable populations. He also serves as Associate Editor on Legal Epidemiology for Public Health Reports, the official journal of the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service. His most recent Covid-19 publications include: "Ensuring Uptake of Vaccines Against SARS-CoV-2" in the New England Journal of Medicine (with MM Mello & SB Omer), and "Covid-19: control measures must be equitable and inclusive" in BMJ (with ZD Berger, NG Evans & AL Phelan)

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