Police Give $1,000 Fine For Not Wearing A Mask In Laredo, Texas

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As the crackdown on coronavirus continues across the United States, new guidance and restrictions are being placed on people throughout the country – and officials are enacting more measures to try and keep the virus contained.

Authorities in Laredo, Texas have issued a mandate that requires anyone over 5 years old to wear a mask or face covering when out in public. This is required anytime you are in public – even when just pumping gas or at your office.

The goal is to reduce the spread of the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 which causes the disease COVID-19.

Due to recent research and evidence gathered by the CDC and US Surgeon General, they now believe that there are many people who have been infected with the virus and are able to spread it – but they show little to no symptoms.

Because these “carriers” do not have symptoms, many do not even know they are infected with the virus which makes spreading it far easier. For this reason, the city council of Laredo has ordered that everyone must wear masks/face covering if they enter a building, public transit, or outdoor gas station.

In a report by the Laredo Morning Times, the law will take effect on Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 and is set to run through April 30th, but could be extended.

A concern was raised to the council that members of the city may not be able to afford the fines from this new order, to which Councilman George Altgelt said: I’d rather bury them in debt than bury them in a coffin.” 

Altgelt also made note that Laredo is a border town between America and Mexico. He said that Mexico is not taking the pandemic seriously and, because of that, Laredo is compelled to take extra measures in order to protect its citizens.

Watch two videos below, one which shows you how to properly sanitize your groceries after a trip to the supermarket – and another that shows you how to properly wear your face mask and gloves.