Starting Monday, all employees and visitors at City of Houston facilities will be required to wear face coverings and undergo temperature checks upon entry.
The city said it is implementing those precautionary measures and others as it reopens its buildings under the executive order by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who is reopening the state in phases amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with the mask requirement and temperature checks, the city said it is installing plexiglass barriers between some municipal employees along with reconfiguring some work sites and office spaces.
“As businesses reopen under the governor’s phased-in approach, the city has prioritized robust testing and contact tracing,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a news release. “We also want to ensure the safety of our employees and the public visiting city facilities.”
More details about the new guidelines at city facilities are as follows:
- Temperature checks will be performed at the entrance of all city facilities, and any person with a temperature of 100.4 degrees fahrenheit or above will be denied entry
- All individuals on city premises must wear a mask for facial covering upon entry and in any place where social distancing of at least 6 feet cannot be maintained
- Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures will continue
- Social distancing in the workplace will continue to be encouraged