Free facial coverings will be distributed at three sites in or near the area Monday morning as part of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s “Mask Up!” campaign.
All Harris County residents age 10 and older will be required to wear face coverings when in public starting Monday, per a 30-day executive order issued by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo. The masks, which help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the upper-respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus, must cover the nose and mouth and can be made of materials such as T-shirts, bandanas, handkerchiefs and scarves.
Turner said Thursday the city had more than 200,000 masks to distribute to residents and will do so through each of its city council districts. A limited number will be given away between 9-10 a.m. Monday at three drive-up locations in the jurisdiction of District A council member Amy Peck: the White Oak Conference Center at 7603 Antoine Dr., Carverdale Community Center at 9920 Porto Rico Rd., and Freed Park Community Center at 6818 Shadyvilla Ln.
Details for mask distribution events within the other council districts in the area – District C represented by Abbie Kamin and District H represented by Karla Cisneros – will be announced soon, according to a Friday night news release from Turner’s office.
Hidalgo’s order includes a $1,000 fine for violations, but Turner said the city will enforce the order not by issuing citations but by offering masks to those without one.
“Please know that we believe in sugar and honey,” Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said, “and the vinegar only for the bad actors that are out there trying to create other problems that have nothing to do with masks.”