ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – The Odessa City Council met Tuesday morning to discuss several items in a work session, among them, was the mayoral mask declaration.
Mayor David Turner announced the declaration last week, which called on businesses to enforce the mask mandate set by Gov. Greg Abbott months ago. It came as cases, hospitalizations and deaths continue to rise throughout the Permian Basin.
The Council was tasked with extending the declaration as Turner’s announcement lasted for just seven days. Council members unanimously voted in favor of the declaration.
Mayor David Turner, quoting Albert Einstein, said they have to do something in order to get a different result in regard to Coronavirus and allow businesses to continue to keep their doors open during the holiday season.
“This is the time, many of our businesses need to be selling their products…this is the time where they make their money…we have to try something,” Turner said.
Each council member voiced their support for the extension.
At-large Councilwoman Peggy Dean, who was initially against the mandate said she now supports it after evidence proved that the precautions made a difference.
“I believe it is incumbent now that we send a message to them (healthcare workers) that we get it, we understand, we can’t do everything…but we can do something and I fully support this mandate,” Dean said.
District 1 Councilman Michael Shelton said the council has to show leadership and if they do it, he hopes the community will follow suit although he did expect feedback from the community.
Here is the declaration from Mayor Turner:
Here is the COVID-19 response disaster declaration: