AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin and Travis County leaders announced their plans to extend the local Stay Home-Work Safe order on Monday.
During an interview with KXAN, Mayor Steve Adler confirmed that the mandate for wearing masks in public will continue, even though local law enforcement agencies can’t legally enforce it.
“I’m gonna take out the criminal and civil penalties,” Adler said. “I still am going to call it mandatory because every public health official says we need to do it and the penalty now for somebody who doesn’t wear their face covering, is that more people will get the infection and some of those people will die.”
The current order — superseded by Governor Greg Abbott’s latest orders — expires Friday. The city says the current order is being extended with modifications to comply with statewide orders.