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Update on Mask Orders in Houston and Austin
by Wesley Walker    There's been some confusion surrounding last week's orders and whether or not these new mask mandates pertain to some of our clients. Our summary below should help to answer some of these questions.

Last week, the City of Austin ordered a new mask policy for commercial businesses. Travis County quickly issued a county order, and then Harris County issued their own order one day later. With reported cases of coronavirus increasing throughout these two regions, city and county leaders are working to mitigate the risk of even more virus infections.

The three orders mandate that all commercial entities that provide goods or services directly to the public, must craft and post a policy which requires all employees and customers/visitors to wear a face covering or mask onsite when it is not possible to reasonably maintain the standard 6 foot social distancing requirement.

Companies who do not provide goods or services to the general public, may skirt the requirements of this new order—but this is not made clear from the orders themselves. Although the new orders may not apply to businesses that do not provide goods or services directly to the public, these companies are still required to comply with the general duties under OSHA regarding employee health. Due to the ambiguity in the myriad of orders, it is best practices to post your health and safety protocol and require masks within your business when social distancing is not feasible to avoid a possible violation.

For a summary of the orders, click here.
Last week of 2020 AM Summer Clerkship Program
This week we say farewell to our summer law clerks, Eli Janik (University of Houston Law Center), Katelyn Jo Richards (Baylor Law School), Jaclyn Riff (University of Houston Law Center) and Trevor Courtney (South Texas College of Law), as they wrap up a productive, four-week session in our Houston office. We are grateful that we could find ways to continue this annual recruitment tradition despite challenges related to the coronavirus pandemic.
Important Information on COVID-19

June 19 -- Employment Law Update
June 05 -- PPP Flexibility Act
June 04 -- Phase III Texas | OSHA Updates 
May 27 -- PPP Forgiveness | Rent Deferment | Hidalgo Order 
May 19 -- Andrews Myers Monthly Law Alert | May 2020 
May 13 -- Good Faith Certification | EEOC & OSHA Updates 
May 06 -- Governor Abbott Accelerates Plan to Reopen Texas
April 28 -- Governor Abbott's Phased Plan to Reopen Business
April 24 -- New PPP and EIDL Funds | Employee COVID-19 Testing
April 23 -- COVID-19 Update | Harris County Face Cover Order
April 21 -- COVID-19 Update | Legal Update | 4.21.2020
April 17 -- New Orders Issued by Governor | COVID & eDiscovery
April 16 -- PPP Funds Depleted | CDC Update
April 14 -- Austin and Travis County Issue Updated Orders
April 13 -- New Programs for Small Businesses | OSHA Updates
April 07 -- PPP & 250 Billion Boost | EIDL | Austin Jobsite Poster
April 06 -- COVID-19 | Legal Update | 4.06.2020
April 03 -- Revised PPP Application| Webinar | Rising Stars
April 02 -- City of Austin Accepts GA 14 Executive Order
April 01 -- Commercial & Multifamily Construction
March 31 -- Governor Issues Support for Construction Industry
March 31 -- COVID-19 | Legal Update 3.31.2020
March 30 -- The CARES Act of 2020 Further Explained
March 29 -- The CARES Act of 2020
March 27 -- UPDATE | Providing Paid Sick Leave and FMLA
March 25 -- City of Austin Memorandum Causing Confusion
March 24 -- Stay Home, Work Safe
March 24 -- Bankruptcy and Restructuring Options
March 23 -- Not Triggering Force Majeure | Litigation Delays
March 20 -- COVID-19 | Latest Development Impacting our Clients
March 19 -- Texas Governor Issues COVID-19 Executive Order
March 19 -- Mechanic's Liens in the Time of Corona
March 19 -- Trump Signs Law to Grant Paid Sick Leave
March 17 -- CDC Guidelines & The Americans with Disabilities Act
March 16 -- Coronavirus Employment Obligations
March 13 -- COVID-19 & Force Majeure

About Andrews Myers
Celebrating 30 Years in 2020
Founded in 1990, with offices in Houston and Austin, Andrews Myers, Attorneys at Law, is a corporate law firm and recognized market leader in Texas construction law.  The firm focuses on the concentrated disciplines of commercial litigation, construction, commercial real estate, corporate and business transactions, with additional emphasis on related issues including bankruptcy and insolvency, energy, employment and capital formation. A seasoned team of attorneys provides timely and cost-effective solutions to the most complex problems facing entrepreneurs and middle-market industry leaders throughout the state and the nation. For more information please visit www.andrewsmyers.com.
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