Democratic Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has announced that police will begin issuing citations against people not wearing masks, hitting them with a fine of $250 dollars.
"For months, we have been focusing on education and not citations, but now I am instructing the Houston Police Department to issue the necessary warnings and citations to anyone not wearing a mask in public if they do not meet the criteria for an exemption," the mayor said Monday at a press briefing.
Police said that the wouldn't respond to call outs reporting people for not wearing masks, but they would issue the fine if they saw someone not covering up during regular patrols.
???? Today, I am announcing that we will begin issuing citations to people who are not wearing mask under the state's mandatory mask order. @houstonpolice will issue warnings and citations to anyone not wearing a mask in public, if they don't meet the criteriafor an exemption. ????— Houston Mayor's Office (@houmayor) August 3, 2020