El PASO, Texas — The Covid-19 compliance task force, made up of El Paso police, fire, county sheriff’s office, and environmental services plan to enforce the state of Texas mandate to wear face masks in public.
The City of El Paso has adjusted its' local health directive to include Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order that he issued for nearly all of Texas.
The city’s directive says everyone over the age of two to wear face masks inside public buildings or public outdoors spaces if social distancing is not an option. First time offenders could get a warning, after that individuals face a fine of up to $250.
City spokesperson Laura Cruz told ABC-7 in terms of enforcement, this order is similar to others. “If (compliance task force walks) out of business and see someone that should be wearing a mask, the task force will inquire at that point in time.”
When asked if the city is prepared to respond to an influx of reports, Cruz said the city is asking for patience.
“This is all new for the community. It’s all new for the state, it’s all new for the city, so we are going to address the situation as quickly as possible with any of these complaints we ask the community to please work with us and also work with each other.”
To report non-compliance, call the police non-emergency number at (915) 832-4400.
For a list of exemptions to the face mask mandate, click here.