On June 25, 2020 Mayor Ken Shetter enacted the City of Burleson Declaration of Local Disaster and Public Health Emergency (10th Declaration and Order) that states "all commercial entities in the City of Burleson providing goods or services directly to the public must develop and implement a health and safety policy (Example of Health and Safety Policy for businesses, customizable Health and Safety Policy for businesses).
Below is a summary of the mask requirements in the City of Burleson:
FACE COVERING REQUIRED IN ORDER TO ENTER AND REMAIN ON PREMISES. All persons over the age of ten (10), including employees, customers, visitors, invitees and contractors ("Patrons"), who enter this business must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth, such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief.
- The requirement of a face covering does not apply if covering the nose and mouth poses a significant mental or physical health risk to the individual.
- The requirement of a face covering also does not apply when an individual is consuming a food or beverage or receiving a service where the wearing of a mask would impair the performance of the service.
SOCIAL DISTANCING PROTOCOLS. Even with the use of appropriate face coverings, individuals should maintain six feet of social distancing whenever possible.
- Employees should not work within six (6) feet of one another, except to the extent necessary to provide services.
- Patrons should maintain six (6) feet of separation from other individuals outside their household, to the extent feasible when inside the business premises.
- Patrons of the business queuing or waiting inside or on the premises of the business must maintain six (6) feet of separation from other individuals outside their household.
VIOLATIONS. If the patron refuses to wear a mask without reasonable justification as indicated above and refuses to leave the premises if asked, the Burleson Police Department will be contacted to take appropriate action.
The flu is deadlier, why is the city requiring masks?
In total, the CDC estimates that 647,000 people were hospitalized and 61,200 died during the 2018-2019 flu season. The numbers aren’t fully finished for the 2019-20 season but preliminary data suggests there were an estimated 24,000-62,000 flu deaths for the 2019-20 influenza season.
As of June 28, 126,369 Americans have died from COVID-19.
Also, the medical community has developed vaccines and medications to combat the flu. We are still waiting for that to be developed for COVID-19, which is why mask are so important.
Why are you making businesses require mask?
Per the Governor’s orders, local jurisdictions can only require businesses offering a good or service to require mask. The City of Burleson is working within the Governor’s orders. Businesses can enforce their right to serve or not to serve customers, similarly to the ‘No shirt, No shoes’ policy.
Why would you fine businesses who do not enforce mask being worn?
There are no fines for businesses. As the Mayor Shetter stated, businesses who do not wish to comply will be placed on a non-compliance list published on the city’s website which will allow consumers the ability to choose where they go based on their comfort level.
Why are you fining individuals for not wearing masks?
Per the Governor’s orders local jurisdictions cannot impose fines on individuals for not wearing masks and the city of Burleson is following those orders.
Who has to wear a face covering?
All persons the age of 10 or older, including employees, customers, visitors, invitees and contractors are required to wear a face covering in order to enter and remain on premises.
What type of face coverings are acceptable?
A face covering over their nose and mouth, such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief are all deemed acceptable.
I have a mental/physical reason why I can’t wear a mask.
The City of Burleson’s order states, “The requirement of a face covering does not apply if covering the nose and mouth poses a significant mental or physical health risk to the individual.”
How do I prove that I have a mental/physical reason why I can’t wear a mask?
Simply tell the business that you have one.
What if a business still will not let me enter after I tell them that?
It is up to the sole-discretion of businesses to allow a customer in or not.
What can a business do if someone will not wear a face covering and does not have a mental/physical reason to not wear one?
A business may ask the customer to leave the business if they refuse to wear a mask. However, if the customer refuses to leave the business when requested, the business may opt to contact the Burleson Police Department and request an officer to give the customer a criminal trespass warning. If the person refuses the request from the officer, they can be arrested for criminal trespass, a class B misdemeanor.
If we wear a mask do we not have to social distance any longer?
Even with the use of appropriate face coverings, individuals should maintain six feet of social distancing whenever possible.
Where do businesses get Face Covering marketing posters?
They can pick them up at City Hall, while supplies last or they can get digital versions here: www.burlesontx.com/mask
The city and/or mayor has no authority to tell me wear a mask?
In the U.S. Constitution, and also the majority of state constitutions, there are clauses to protect the "public welfare." Common law and general principles also apply to public welfare. Examples are: vaccinations to attend public school or if you have tuberculosis you are REQUIRED to take medication. The government can require you to wear masks in public for the "public welfare". This is not a violation of any of your rights.