Mask mandate in place for Texans, outdoor festivals continue

Published: Jul. 6, 2020 at 10:50 PM CDT
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SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) - The City of Sherman is adjusting to Governor Greg Abbott’s latest mandate, giving more restrictions for large gatherings and requiring the use of face masks in some areas.

Sherman Mayor David Plyler said the city is halfway through their Hot Summer Nights concert series.

After the governor tightened restrictions for public gatherings last week, the city decided to continue on with the series, with four more to go.

“By and large, everyone has been spacing out so well, and showing such great respect for each other and keeping each other safe that we feel like it won’t be a problem,” Plyler said.

Plyler said face coverings aren’t required.

“We’re strongly recommending it, per the governor’s instructions. We expect the citizens to comply with what’s already been given,” Plyler said.

Plyler said for the most part, concert goers have been following the CDC guidelines, but said there will always be those who don’t participate.

“I understand some people probably wear them for their own safety and the public safety, but I don’t feel like I need to wear a mask because I’m not sick,” one person said.

On Thursday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a statewide mask mandate requiring face coverings in public in counties with more than 20 cases.

Plyler said he believes Sherman can continue their Hot Summer Night series without putting people in danger.

”A lot of communities have been canceling their events, so we’re just thrilled that we’re continuing to offering something for our citizens to do,” Plyler said.

He said the city will leave the decision about masks up to the individual.

”We need to stop that, so we need to all come together and wear masks all the time, if we can,” one person said.

”Just trying to protect everybody and myself from COVID-19,” said another person.

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