Wear a mask! Houston Mayor plans to mandate face masks as COVID-19 case surge

The announcement comes after Governor Greg Abbott overruled Hidalgo's original face mask order issued in late April, which required residents to cover their faces in public to slow the spread of the COVID-19.


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Wear a mask! Houston Mayor plans to mandate face masks as COVID-19 case surge

On June 17, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said at a press conference that he and Harris country Judge Lina Hidalgo have been making arrangements to get into effect the executive order that would mandate the use of face maska, similar to the one issued by Bexar Country Judge Nelson Wolff.

The announcement comes after Governor Greg Abbott overruled Hidalgo's original face mask order issued in late April, which required residents to cover their faces in public to slow the spread of the COVID-19.

In Bexar Country, Wolff and San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg issued an executive order that made it compulsory for all commercial entitles providing goods and services to implement a safety and health policy within five days, according to the report by a news station in San Antonio.

The policy must require at a minimum that all businesses, visitor or employees wear face mask when in an era or performing an activity which will necessarily involve close contact, according to the new order, Mayor Ron wrote on Twitter.

Further Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently signed an order making protective face covering mandatory - a surprise to the local authorities who called governor's directives a threat to their local enforcement rights, as per a media report.

As many as nine Texas Mayors, including Houston Mayor, dispatched an official letter to Abbott for legislative power to issue orders to mandate masks in their cities.

In a statement, after a state address at a press conference, Hidalgo's office said that while the state administration was exploring their own avenues, in the meantime we strongly urge residents exercise personal responsibility and to wear face masks to protect themselves and others from the COVID-19. We are not safe today than we were in March.

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