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City of Seguin Will Keep Requiring Masks in Municipal Buildings

SEGUIN, Texas -The City of Seguin will continue to require visitors and employees to wear facial coverings at City-operated facilities after the statewide mask mandate is lifted Wednesday, March 10.

Governor Greg Abbott signed Executive Order GA-34 on Tuesday, March 2, which stated that the statewide order to wear facial coverings would be lifted March 10, although “individuals are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings.” In addition, the order encourages Texans to “use good-faith efforts” to follow health recommendations from the Texas State Department of State Health Services, which include the wearing of facial coverings. The City of Seguin recognizes that it has an obligation to protect the health of employees and members of the public; as such, the City will continue to require facial coverings at its facilities.  Visitors who refuse to wear facial coverings may be asked to leave.

This facial covering requirement only applies to City-owned facilities, not the city as a whole. The City is prohibited from establishing a local facial covering ordinance since GA-34 states that “no jurisdiction may impose a penalty of any kind for failure to wear a face covering.” However, individual businesses and facilities still have the ability to establish policies at their own discretion. Abbott’s orders also indicate it is no longer required for local officials to approve outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people.

The new policy, which only applies to City-owned facilities, is a continuation of the rules that were in place at municipal buildings under the statewide order that expires Wednesday, March 10. 

The City of Seguin encourages residents to continue following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These include washing hands frequently, avoiding large gatherings and wearing facial coverings when maintaining physical distance is not possible.

For more information about Executive Order GA-34, visit https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-lifts-mask-mandate-opens-texas-100-percent