Austin residents face $2,000 fine for not wearing face coverings

KVUE – At a special session of the Austin City Council Thursday morning, councilors unanimously voted to pass an ordinance punishing a person who violates a health agency during the coronavirus pandemic with a $ 2,000 fine by December 31 could be proven.

The ordinance instructs the health authority to make a list of these rules, but the rules weren’t clear as of Thursday evening. An example of a possible rule is wearing face covering or social distancing.

CultureMap’s content partner, KVUE, has learned that, similar to other fines in the city, the fine will be imposed by tickets and will be prosecuted by the local court.

In terms of enforcement, it is still unclear whether violations will be reported to Austin 311 or 911 or which agency will respond to calls.

“The goal is not just to get fines, but our goal should be to ensure compliance across the community as it really is a matter of life and death,” said Greg Casar, Austin City Councilor . “So I hope that you will bring members of the leadership team together to think about all of the places city officials are and how we can proactively ensure that people follow directions and take the 311 calls.”

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