Mayor's Office Press Release

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

June 16, 2020 -- 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 coronavirus.

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."

The governor had not responded by Tuesday afternoon.

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.

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Mayor Turner encourages all Houstonians to wear face coverings, practice social distancing and good hygiene.