Tarrant County commissioners to decide whether masks will be required in county buildings

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FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - Tarrant County commissioners will consider a new mask mandate next week -- one that would only apply to county property.

"The county will -- next Tuesday -- determine whether or not it's going to require the people who come into county buildings to wear masks, or maybe just require county employees to wear masks, or to do away with any requirement whatsoever," says Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley.

This past Tuesday, Gov. Abbott announced that he is ending his statewide mask order as of next Wednesday and will allow businesses to operate at 100% capacity as of that date.

As part of his order, local governments are prohibited from mandating that private businesses require employees and visitors to wear masks, although those businesses may continue to do so at their own discretion.

Along those lines, Whitley says local governments should be allowed to decide whether to require masks on their own properties.

Whitley he has not decided how he will vote yet, although he knows how he will proceed with his own mask-wearing.

"My wife and I, we're going to continue to wear masks when we go out," says Judge Whitley. "When we go into a restaurant (or) when we're up and walking around, we'll be wearing masks."

Whitley says despite the new flexibility afforded by the governor's move, he hopes people will continue to be proactive in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

"I hope that everybody will continue to wear the masks," he says. "I hope that everybody will continue to social distance. We're moving downward, and we don't want to do anything that relaxes people so much that we have another spike."