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Harris County extends face mask order

The original order was set to expire on Aug. 26.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo has extended the county's face mask order which requires all businesses within the county to require employees and customers to wear face coverings.

An expiration date was not given, but Hidalgo signed an order that read the face-covering amendment will be extended 14 days after Gov. Gregg Abbott declares that the virus is no longer a public health disaster.

The original order was set to expire on Aug. 26.

Businesses that don’t comply with the order could face up to a $1,000 fine, though Hidalgo previously said the main focus is education and not fines. Customers 10 years and older must wear masks, though individuals aren’t subject to any fines for not wearing one.