The mayors of nine cities in the state have sent a letter to Texas Governor Greg Abbott urging the governor to allow local authorities to enforce the wearing of face coverings in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The mayors wrote, "We are writing 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."
Under current state guidelines masks are recommended, but not required and local authorities can not have orders that are more restrictive than the state's order.
Despite rising numbers of coronavirus cases and increased numbers of hospitalizations, the governor says wearing a mask should be a personal decision.
The letter was signed by the mayors of Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, El Paso, Arlington, Plano and Grand Prairie.