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This question can be confusing because there are overlapping orders regarding face masks or cloth coverings: the governor's executive order (GA-29) that is in effect statewide for individuals as well as orders from local governments like counties and municipalities that affect how businesses may operate. Each local order is different and has its own language about enforcement procedures, but most will generally point you to local law enforcement officials for enforcement. The governor's executive order does the same.

Local law enforcement would include a county sheriff's office, a city police department, a county fire marshal, or possibly a county public health department. Visit our COVID-19 & Texas Law research guide for information on how to locate any local orders in effect where you live or work.

Unless it is an emergency, use a non-emergency line to contact local law enforcement. These numbers are often posted online. If you have trouble finding a number to call, you can Ask a Librarian for help.

In many urban or populous areas, you can often dial 3-1-1 on your phone to be connected with a non-emergency line for your local law enforcement.

Businesses that sell alcohol are regulated by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC). If the business violating the order is an establishment licensed by the TABC, the governor's executive orders allow TABC to suspend licenses. You can report violations by calling (888) 843-8222 or by e-mailing complaints@tabc.texas.gov. There are also many TABC regional offices across the state that you could contact.

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