McKinney Mayor George Fuller on Monday issued an executive order to require masks to be worn in businesses and non-profits. The measure goes into effect on June 30 at 12:01 a.m.
The move is in response to Gov. Greg Abbott's executive order to close bars and limit the capacity of restaurants amid the spike of COVID-19 cases in Texas.
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While Abbott said he would not mandate masks across Texas, he has heavily recommended — as have many local, state and national health authorities — that people wear masks to limit the spread of the virus.
Collin County does not have a mask mandate.
In a Facebook post last Friday, Fuller acknowledged in the post that limited business would be a "death sentence" for some, he said that it is a necessary step to protect Texans from the coronavirus.
"The preponderance of evidence, from every medical organization, including those under our national government, our state government and our county government, is that wearing masks and social distancing cuts transmission down dramatically," Fuller said. "Yes, there are other articles if you are looking for confirmation bias, that you can find to say something else, but that is not the preponderance of evidence."
The mayor added that mandating masks is an "intelligent health measure" and it would be a necessary step to protect more businesses from being shut down.
*Map locations are approximate, central locations for the city and are not meant to indicate where actual infected people live.
**County totals below include all 32 North Texas counties, not just Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant.