City of Fort Worth extends COVID-19 mask mandate

Fort Worth City Council has extended the city’s face covering mandate to March 2, 2021. (Courtesy Pexels)

Fort Worth City Council unanimously voted on December 1 to extend the city’s COVID-19 mandate for face coverings through March 2, 2021.

The resolution further expands an executive enacted by Mayor Betsy Price in August that requires the use of face coverings in all Fort Worth businesses that provide services to the public. According to the decision, the purpose of the regulation is to continue “to protect the health and safety of the community and to respond to evolving and rapidly changing circumstances”.

The number of COVID-19 cases continued to rise in Tarrant County in November. As of December 1, the county has confirmed a total of 102,051 cases of COVID-19, including 1,401 new cases in the past 24 hours. Of the confirmed cases, 849 deaths were reported.

“The transmission of COVID-19 has not materially resolved and continues to pose a significant threat to the health and safety of the Fort Worth community,” the resolution reads. “Additional measures are needed to reduce infection rates and the number of people admitted to hospitals, intensive care units or ventilators.”

According to Tarrant County Public Health’s COVID-19 dashboard, 535 of the county’s 839 ventilators are available, and 896 of the total of 4,939 hospital beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients.

Since the coronavirus pandemic outbreak in March, public health officials have confirmed 45,243 cases of COVID-19 in the city of Fort Worth, including 32,792 patients who have recovered and 412 deaths.

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