Truckers Must Wear Face Mask in This Texas City or Face $1,000 Fine
Laredo, TX – Truckers traveling in or through Laredo, TX, be advised you must now wear a face mask or covering while in public or you will be subject to a steep fine.
On Thursday, April 2 at 12:01 a.m., a new face mask mandate went into effect for anyone going into public within the Laredo city limits in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the area.
According to local newspaper Laredo Morning Times, city council members — all wearing face masks — gathered on Tuesday to discuss new measures to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.
Among other measures (such as a city-wide curfew from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m.), the council voted to implement a mandate for all people to begin wearing a protective face mask or “nose to mouth covers” while outside of their home, either on public or private property.
The mandate extends to truckers traveling through the area.
The council clarified the face cover does not need to be an actual face mask, as any type of fabric, scarf, or bandana will suffice, but is required for all public outings.
For truckers, this includes pumping fuel, going into a truck stop or gas station, picking up food, or being at a shipper/receiver.
Anyone — including truckers traveling through the area — found to be in violation of the mandate faces a fine of up to $1,000.
Though the city did not specify, it is recommended to also wear a protective cover at the Laredo port of entry to avoid any possible fines.
Trucking companies with drivers and owner-operators traveling through Laredo are reminding them via in-cab messaging of the new regulations.
Transportation Nation Network (TNN) obtained one such message from Ashley Wingfield.
Her husband, Steven, is an owner operator for Waterloo, IA-based Warren Transport.
He received a message on Wednesday evening alerting him to the new face mask policy.
The face mask mandate will end on April 30.
The city of Laredo is also currently under a “Stay at Home Work Safe” order, closing non-essential businesses in the area until April 30.
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