Dallas doubles down on mask mandate, Fort Worth takes them off
Dallas and Fort Worth officials are taking different paths following the controversial March 2 decision by Governor Greg Abbott to restart the state and lift the mask requirement effective March 10.
Abbott’s announcement leaves the decisions to the counties, and in North Texas it’s a yes to masks and no to masks.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a news conference March 2 that he would continue to follow health care professionals’ advice to continue wearing masks, washing hands and keeping your distance from others.
Tarrant County Judge B. Glen Whitley, however, issued an executive order stating that Tarrant County businesses will no longer require masks with immediate effect. Whitley said companies could ask for masks if they so wished. Twist eyes.
Trinity Metro will continue to have a mask order that requires all employees and customers to wear a mask while in one of Trinity Metro’s service vehicles and in a transit center.
“The health and safety of our customers and our employees is very important to us,” said Bob Baulsir, President and CEO of Trinity Metro. “We’ll continue to comply with federal regulations to keep everyone safe.”
The Dallas Regional Chamber also offered its support for continued mask mandates, stating in a press release, “We cannot forget that people in our community are still in hospitals, many people remain at risk, and the coronavirus has not yet been eradicated.”
“While we are encouraged by the recent downward trends in the number of newly reported coronavirus cases, declining hospital stay rates and decreased deaths across the Dallas area, it is important to remember that COVID-19 is still occurring us and more than 80% of our community has not received a vaccination shot, “said the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
“Until a large majority of our community is safely vaccinated, we feel it is important to remain vigilant to protect ourselves, each other and our community from the virus, and we strongly encourage people to register for and get the vaccine received as soon as it is available. ” at your disposal, “said her release.” As Governor Abbott said during yesterday’s announcement, “To stay safe, Texans should continue to follow medical advice to prevent COVID.”