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Mayor Karl Mooney responds to Governor Abbott’s removal of COVID-19 Restrictions

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College Station Mayor Karl Mooney Released a statement about Governor Abbott’s decision to remove the statewide COVID-19 mandates:

Recognizing that Gov. Abbott’s latest executive order will go into effect on March 10, we will continue as we have been in College Station until that time. For our community, the Brazos County Judge is the only elected official who can enact greater restrictions under specific circumstances; however, the governor’s order specifically allows businesses the ability to require employees or customers to wear face coverings or comply with other health-related protocols.

While I am thankful that our businesses are able to resume full operations, I urge them to continue utilizing the additional service delivery options developed over the past year that can provide ongoing comfort and confidence to many of our citizens.

Our community’s schools and institutions of higher learning have my full support for the health and safety policies they determine should be in place.

Finally, I encourage our residents to continue wearing masks indoors when adequate physical distancing is not possible.

Mayor Mooney has opposed removing the local restrictions when contacted by College Station residents and believes that it is too early to remove the restrictions. The City Council has renewed Mooney’s Mayoral facemask order every 30 days with the City’s disaster declaration.

College Station has been under a Mayoral Order for face coverings since June 29, 2020. College Station required face masks in public before Governor Abbott’s statewide mandate.


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