New mask ordinance item on the agenda next week for Midland City Council

It requires all businesses to place a notice on entrances. That a face cover is required to enter.
Published: Nov. 20, 2020 at 7:15 PM CST
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MIDLAND, Texas (KOSA) - A new proposed mask ordinance in Midland is set to be put to a vote on Monday.

“I voted against the ordinance this week because I knew that I would be proposing this ordinance on Monday,” said councilman Jack Ladd for District 3.

Midland councilman Jack Ladd is putting forth this new ordinance. It would require everyone to wear a mask inside all businesses.

But unlike the first proposal. There would be no fine attached to violations. Instead, this new proposal focuses on signage.

It requires all businesses to place a notice on entrances that a face cover is required to enter.

“Should a business violate this act, whether knowingly or by accident, the business will first receive a warning, and if only that business continues to deny to put up a notice to wear a mask with a face up to a $500 fine,” said Ladd.

Some local business owners don’t agree with the new proposed ordinance.

Jenny Cudd, owner of Becky’s and C.Y.A. Flowers Shop... said the ordinance is an overreach.

“As a business owner, I am not responsible for the choices of free adults,” said Cudd. “Everybody gets to make their own choice. We have been under a state mask mandate since July 2. So if those people choose not to follow that, then I just assume that they fall under one of the 11 exemptions to the mask mandate.”

Former Midland Mayor and restaurant owner Jerry Morales who was against the first proposal of requiring businesses to refuse services to people without a mask, said he agrees with the language of the proposed new ordinance.

“I personally can support the ordinance that has been proposed for Monday asking business owners to post a mask, wear a mask,” said Morales.

Ladd hopes this ordinance will show support to the hospitals while being fair to local businesses.

“It was through talking to business owners why I came up with this plan,” said Ladd.

The city council will vote up or down on the proposed ordinance at the meeting Monday.

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