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College Station City Council Receives Citizen Pushback on COVID Restrictions

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Michael Weinstein, a Texas A&M student, spoke against COVID restrictions at Thursday’s meeting. “The burden of proof is on this body (city council) on why the restrictions still exist.”

The College Station City Council keeps extending the local mask order every 30 days as part of the disaster declaration. Mayor Mooney initiated the Mayoral Mask Order 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 They were enacted in late June and have yet to be rescinded.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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