ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – A mask ordinance could soon be enacted in Odessa.
Mayor David Turner said Wednesday afternoon that he has tasked the City Attorney with drafting the ordinance.
However, Turner said no final decision had been made and they wanted to see what the numbers looked like today. It is unclear exactly what the ordinance will look like and if it will specifically apply to businesses or residents.
“We are very concerned about the numbers that are showing up at the hospitals,” Turner said Wednesday afternoon. “As this being our largest numbers, that is a little alarming and we are not seeing masks worn at the same amount that other communities are.”
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Turner said they plan to make their decision “fairly quickly.” Additionally, the Mayor noted he could sign the ordinance and Council would have to approve it within a week.
The mask ordinance is already being used in some communities in Texas. For example Marfa has their own ordinance in place, specifically for businesses. Marfa requires businesses to require face coverings at their establishments and failure to comply results in a fine of up to $1,000.
Dr. Rohith Saravanan, Chief Medical Officer at Odessa Regional Medical Center, said an ordinance would make a difference and hopes residents will take it more seriously if the ordinance is put in place.
“The mask mandate will make the biggest impact,” Dr. Saravanan said Wednesday. “It is the one thing we can do currently that will make the biggest impact in preventing the rise of this disease in our community.”