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Mooney Receiving Pushback Over Indefinite Mayoral Mask Order

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During an interview with the Infomaniacs on Wednesday, Mayor Karl Mooney says the indefinite extension of his mask order is a “moot point” because the Governor’s order currently supersedes it. He has received feedback from concerned citizens who do not want a neverending mask order in College Station.

The Governor’s order supersedes any local order, but Mooney does not inform the listeners what happens when the Governor’s order is removed or struck down by a court. Residents and Businesses of College Station will continue to be subject to Mooney’s face mask order with no clear removal metric.

Local Businesses have suffered during the statewide COVID restrictions, while many big-box retailers have seen an increase in revenue. Pie in the Sky in College Station closed this month due to a decline in sales, fewer customers, and a considerable cost of COVID related materials.  

Last week, McKinney became the latest city to remove a local face mask order, following the state’s trend. Since local and state officials have mandated face coverings, the CDC has found that 85% of people with positive cases work a mask, suggesting they may not provide the proposed benefit. A British Medical Journal study also warns against cloth masks as they observed an increase in illnesses over the control group.

Contact your representatives

To contact Karl Mooney, contact the city at 979.764.3500 or email kmooney@cstx.gov

To make written comments for College Station City Council or to speak to the Council, fill out the comment form on the Council website. https://www.cstx.gov/departments___city_hall/council/comments

Sources

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/pdfs/mm6936a5-H.pdf

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4420971/

https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/additionaldata.aspx

https://wtaw.com/college-station-mayor-karl-mooney-on-wtaw-52/

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