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Dallas County commissioners vote to scale back judge’s mask order, designate craft stores as essential

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In an emergency meeting, Dallas County commissioners voted to scale back the order set in place by Judge Clay Jenkins yesterday.

The order is set to go into place tonight at midnight.

According to the order those older than two are required to wear ‘cloth coverings’ at essential businesses and on public transportation. This includes workers at essential businesses as well.

The commissioners voted to change the order to “explicitly say that residents not in compliance won’t be fined or incur any issues with law enforcement,” according to the Dallas Morning News.

Under the order, businesses can refuse entry to people who aren’t wearing face coverings.

Commissioners also voted 3-2 to reopen craft stores such as Hobby Lobby so residents could fashion their own masks out of materials sold there.

Previously, Judge Jenkins had criticized craft stores for remaining open during the pandemic. Cease and desist letters were sent to several Hobby Lobby stores.

“You are hereby ordered to cease and desist operation…” the letter read. “Note that a violation of this Order during a pandemic may be punished criminally as a misdemeanor or enforced by civil action pursuant to the Order.”

Those riding in personal vehicles, engaging in outdoor activities, while eating, or in cases in which wearing a face covering would pose a greater health or safety risk are not required to wear the cloth covering.

Stay up to date with our coverage of the coronavirus pandemic here.

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