Jun. 16, 2020
Mayor Turner joins "Big City" Texas mayors in urging Gov. Abbott for local initiatives .
Jun. 16, 2020
|Mayor Turner joins "Big City" Texas mayors in urging
Gov. Abbott to allow local control on face masks to protect citizens from COVID-19 spread. |
|HOUSTON - As doctors
in Houston and across the state express concern about the number of rising COVID-19 cases, Mayor Sylvester Turner today joined other Texas mayors in a letter urging Gov. Greg Abbott to give them the authority to require face masks to protect their cities from
The letter signed by nine mayors states, "We are writing to you for the authority to set rules and regulations on the use of face coverings in each of our cities. A one-size-fits-all approach is not the best option. We should
trust local officials to make informed choices about health policy. And if mayors are given the opportunity to require face coverings, we believe our cities will be ready to help reduce the spread of this disease."
A copy of the letter can be found here.
The governor had not responded by Tuesday
On Tuesday, the Houston Health Department reported 233 new cases of COVID-19 cases, bringing Houston’s total to 10,318. The total number of deaths increased by two to 162.
Mayor Turner encourages all Houstonians
to wear face coverings, practice
social distancing and good hygiene.