Dallas County businesses have three days to institute new masking and safety policies or risk fines after Judge Clay Jenkins signed a emergency order Wednesday.
The order goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, after which commercial entities will have to develop and implement health and safety policies. Each violation can result in a fine of up to $1,000.
On Wednesday, some customers in Dallas’ Bishop Arts District wore masks and others did not.
Cody Ellison owns four businesses in the neighborhood, where businesses closed during stay-at-home orders last year.
“I’ll do whatever is required to keep people safe and my employees safe,” Ellison said. “I just hope that it doesn’t make the public nervous again and keep them at home.”
Ellison said he also supports vaccination to stop COVID-19.
“I think that if more people would vaccinate, less people would get it and we wouldn’t have a need for the masks,” he said.