Midland Mayor Patrick Payton: No mask mandate

Published: Jun. 29, 2020 at 10:00 AM CDT
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MIDLAND, Texas (KOSA) - Midland Mayor Patrick Payton held a news conference on Wednesday morning to give the latest update on COVID-19 and his thoughts on Governor Greg Abbott’s newest executive orders.

In the press conference, Mayor Payton said that the City of Midland will not be issuing a mask mandate.

Instead, Payton believes that it’s up to each individual to make the right choices on when and where to wear masks and practice social distancing.

“My hope is that the community’s sense of responsibility is intense enough that we will all do something many of us don’t like to do which is the wearing of masks in public places where social distancing is not possible,” said Payton.

Payton also says that he disagrees with Abbott’s decision to close down bars across the state.

On Monday the City of Odessa voted against issuing a mask mandate.

You can watch the full press conference below.

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