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College Station City Council to Vote on Extending Local Mask Order

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The council will vote on Thursday to extend the city’s COVID-19 disaster declaration. This extension provides the authority to continue the Mayoral Mask Order that Mayor Mooney began in June 2020.

If Governor Abbot removes the statewide mask order or it is struck down in court, College Station citizens would still be under local restrictions.

Bryan and College Station have face-covering orders in effect. They were enacted in late June and have yet to be rescinded. County Judge Duane Peters removed his mask order for Brazos County.

The disaster declaration is required to be in effect to receive certain COVID relief funding. The city can remove the local mask order and still keep the disaster declaration to receive funding. Many other Texas cities, like McKinney, have removed their local face mask orders.

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 the use of cloth masks as they observed an increase in illnesses over the control group.

College Station Police Department has issued 11 citations for violations of COVID restrictions since the order was put into effect.

Contact your local representatives

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://communityimpact.com/dallas-fort-worth/mckinney/government/2020/10/20/mckinney-repeals-public-health-ordinance-at-special-meeting/

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