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City to continue discussions on mask ordinance tomorrow night

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record

Since last night’s, June 29, emergency city council meeting on mandating face masks, the City of Cuero have been receiving calls on the matter. The ordinance was tabled at yesterday’s meeting, and city attorney James Crain was instructed to change some of the language. City council will meet again to discuss and potentially take action on the updated ordinance tomorrow night, July 1, at 5:15 at city hall.

Since June 24, the number of COVID-19 cases have increased in DeWitt County and the state of Texas, leading to a survey being sent out by the City of Cuero.

As for the results of the survey on requiring facial coverings sent out by the City of Cuero, nearly 44 percent were in favor of the mandatory face mask order.

Of the 811 in total who responded to the survey, 629 (77.5%) live in Cuero. Three-hundred and fifty-six of the 811 surveyed were in favor of an emergency disaster declaration amendment for a seven-day mandatory face mask order requiring everyone to wear a face mask in all commercial establishments, including customers, employees and staff. The survey listed it as a seven-day mandate, because that’s what the mayor could impose without action taken by council.

Over one-third (34.5%) voted to continued following Governor Greg Abbott’s orders stating it is recommended for everyone to wear face masks.

Twelve percent stated to mandate commercial establishments to require all employees to wear face masks and recommend it for customers.

The remaining 75 voters (9.2%) selected other or no response.

If approved tomorrow night, the plan is to put the mask ordinance into effect Friday, July 3 at 6 a.m.

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