U.S. Harris County where Houston locates on Thursday announced new guidelines for employees as the "Stay Home, Work Safe" order extended to June 10 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced two sets of rules for the safety of employees at a press briefing. One set is for public-facing workers such as retail and restaurant employees and another set covers employees in the manufacturing sector.
She said the guidelines call for public-facing workers to wear masks and allow all workers to have a break after working for some time to wash their hands.
Hidalgo said that manufacturing businesses and public-facing services companies should designate a safety monitor to oversee these guidelines.
According to local media, Hidalgo's representatives confirmed Wednesday that the "Stay Home, Work Safe" order was extended until June 10.
During Thursday's briefing, Hidalgo said that she extended the order because she didn't want the public to feel that the coronavirus crisis is over.
According to Harris County Public Health authority, there were 10,283 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 216 deaths as of Thursday.