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No, City of Coppell employees will not be required to wear a mask or similar facial covering. The City continues to encourage employees to wear a mask, practice social distancing and follow other safety measures.
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After examining the current environment and statistics regarding new cases, hospitalizations, and immunizations, the Coppell City Council decided to lift the mask mandate in City facilities effective May 17, 2021. The City Council will analyze the statistics and current environment at the August 24 City Council meeting, and additional information will be available at that time.
The City continues to encourage visitors to be respectful of other patrons. Stringent cleaning procedures and processes to encourage social distancing remain in place at city facilities. Various spaces have been retrofitted with protective barriers to decrease direct contact, and the City has invested in UV air purification technology at Town Center, Coppell Arts Center, and the Service Center. The City will continue to offer virtual and contactless programs, and many services are available online.
The Order takes effect 11:59 p.m. on August 11, 2021.
The Order applies to childcare centers, Pre-K-12 public schools, businesses, and Dallas County buildings and facilities.
All childcare centers and Pre-K-12 public schools must develop a Health and Safety Policy and this policy must mandate that teachers, staff, students, and visitors wear a mask while on the school’s premises. Schools may also include other mitigation measures in their Health and Safety Policy at their own discretion.
Businesses operating in Dallas County must develop a Health and Safety Policy and this policy must mandate that all employees and visitors wear a mask while on any property owned or operated by the business. Businesses may also include other mitigation measures in their Health and Safety Policy at their own discretion. Businesses must post their Health and Safety Plan in a location where employees and visitors can easily see it before entering the business premises.
Businesses must take reasonable steps to enforce the face mask requirements of the Order, such as posting signage stating that masks are required, having employees monitoring the premises to ensure that all employees and visitors are wearing a face mask, and verbally instructing any visitor not wearing a face mask that a mask is required to enter the premises.
Starting at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, August 14, 2021, a business can be fined up to $1,000 for each violation. This means if a business does not take reasonable steps to enforce the face mask requirements, a business can be fined up to $1,000 for each person the business allows to enter their premises without a face mask. Businesses will not be fined if they take all reasonable steps to enforce the face mask requirements.
The City of Coppell will work with businesses and community partners to provide guidance and encourage compliance with the Order.
Common areas of residential property, such as laundry rooms, mail rooms, gyms, lobbies, and elevators, are subject to the mandatory face mask requirements included in the Order. Individuals are not required to wear a face mask while inside their own home or in another individual’s home.
The Order does not extend to City of Coppell facilities. While visitors to City of Coppell facilities are not required to wear a mask, the City of Coppell encourages patrons to do so.
Yes, the face mask requirements contained in the Order apply to both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
No civil or criminal penalty will be imposed on individuals for failure to wear a face mask.