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Local mask mandates pop up in defiance of Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order banning COVID-19 restrictions

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is the most recent official to defy the governor’s order. He announced Monday that the city’s nearly 22,000 city employees will be required to mask up inside city buildings where social distancing is not doable.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announces Troy Finner as the new chief of the Houston Police Department on March 18, 2021, at City Hall in downtown Houston.

“We have to always remember that the enemy in COVID is not one another, it’s the virus. And if people are going to be required to come to court, it’s my job to keep them safe.”

— Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins

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