New Braunfels, Texas is officially operating under a mandatory mask policy that was established by Mayor Rusty Brockman on Tuesday, June 24th.

As of yesterday, anyone over the age of 10 years old will be required to put on either a mask or face covering when they enter public spaces in New Braunfels, Texas, and are not able to maintain the proper social distancing which is 6 feet apart.

Furthermore, all businesses in New Braunfels that provide goods and services directly for the public must put in place health and safety protocols that require both employees and customers to dawn a face-covering whenever 6-feet or more of physical separation is not possible.

Mandatory Mask Policy/Face coverings may include:

  • Homemade masks
  • Scarfs
  • Bandanas
  • Handkerchief

Face coverings are not necessary in the following circumstances:

  • When exercising outside or engaging in physical activity outside (this includes river activities such as tubing, swimming, kayaking, etc.)
  • While driving alone or with passengers who are part of the same household as the driver
  • When doing so poses a greater mental or physical health, safety, or security risk
  • While pumping gas or operating outdoor equipment
  • While in a building or activity that requires security surveillance or screening, for example, banks When consuming food or drink

In the press release, Mayor Rusty Brock says, “Making this decision on behalf of our community is not something that I take lightly. But this order comes after a lot of consultation with local health authorities, business leaders, city staff, and fellow Council members.  Each person I have spoken with has shown great care and concern, not just for their own families, but for the well-being of the residents of this community,”

The hope is that by instituting a mandatory mask policy throughout the city of New Braunfels, the spread of coronavirus will decrease and Texas can begin to heal. Read the full press release here