Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued an emergency mask order today following a judge's ruling that local leaders could require masks as a measure to curb the spread of COVID-19. An executive order from Gov. Greg Abbott previously prevented mask mandates. This new order will directly impact state and federal credit unions operating in Dallas County.
Under the order, face masks will be required inside all businesses, schools, and Dallas County buildings. This will apply to all credit union staff and members/visitors inside all Dallas County credit union locations.
In addition, credit unions will need to post a “Health and Safety Policy” in a conspicuous location sufficient to provide notice to all employees and visitors of all health and safety requirements. The policy must address the universal indoor mask requirement for all employees and visitors. The policy may also address the implementation of other mitigating measures designed to control and reduce the transmission of COVID-19 such as temperature checks or health screenings.
A credit union that fails to develop and implement the Health and Safety Policy by Aug. 14 could be subject to a fine up to $1,000 for each violation.
This order will be in place until rescinded by Judge Jenkins.
What to know:
Health and Safety policies and masks also apply to all childcare centers and all pre-K through 12 public schools operating in Dallas County, including all teachers, staff, students, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, except children under 2 years old.
Face masks are required in all Dallas County buildings, regardless of vaccination status.
If you have questions about this matter, please call the Information Central Hotline at 512-853-8515 or 800-442-5762, ext. 8515.
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