MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – The mask mandate in Midland has failed again. Midland City Council members again voted down the ordinance Monday in a 3-4 vote.
“I believed it was better to keep consistent with the message and count on the people of Midland to hear the message of masking, or wearing masks, washing their hands and watching their spacing,” explained Mayor Patrick Payton. “And that would accomplish that, and the other ones had too many issues of illegal nature we weren’t going to be able to enforce.”
The new ordinance would have called on businesses to post signage that notify patrons of the mask requirement.
“The ordinance, what I proposed today, I consider to be the bare minimum,” said Councilman Jack Ladd. “So I was a little disappointed that we didn’t pass it, but we’ll keep trying.”
The Council also rejected a resolution authorizing the Midland Police Department to enforce Gov. Greg Abbott’s mask mandate. For one Midlander, Eliel Rosa, he says it is the principle of the matter.
“Take compassion and feelings out of the equation. We need to do that. They’re going to be overburdened with cases if we don’t wear masks outside? This is completely out of scientific grounds,” said Rosa.
This comes just days after a heated council meeting in which members voted overwhelmingly against the mandate.
Small business owner, Vasti Loredo, says communities should focus more on increasing immunity and less on mandating face masks.
“The government has been kind of overstepping? Instead of forcing people to wear masks, why don’t we encourage people to eat healthier, why don’t we encourage exercise, why don’t we encourage things that are actually going to help from the inside, not just wearing masks and gloves on the outside?”