Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

As the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) evolves, the Texas Municipal League is working with state and federal officials and city leaders to limit the spread of the virus, mitigate health and economic risk, and protect our communities.

TML has compiled these resources to assist your city in controlling the spread of the coronavirus and educating the public on prevention tips. We will update this page as new information develops.

State Disaster Orders and Guidance

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-29 (July 2, 2020): Establishes statewide face covering requirement.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-28 (June 26, 2020): Rolls back some aspects of Phase III of the governor’s plan to re-open Texas.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-27 (June 25, 2020): Relating to hospital bed availability during COVID-19. Amended by July 9, 2020 Proclamation suspending elective surgeries in over 100 counties.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-26 (June 3, 2020): Implements Phase III of the governor’s plan to re-open Texas.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-25 (May 22, 2020): Suspends in-person visitations at county and municipal jails in response to COVID-19, but provides exceptions for visitations by an attorney meeting with a client, or a religious leader or member of the clergy.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-24 (May 21, 2020): Terminates air travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-23 (May 18, 2020): Retains the “minimize social gatherings and minimize in-person contact” provision (referred to below in previous order as “stay home/work home”), but provides exceptions for “covered services” and “safe daily activities,” subject to the applicable conditions and limitations on the governor’s Open Texas web page.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-?? (April 27, 2020):  Prohibits confinement as a penalty for violating the governor’s orders.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-21 (May 5, 2020): Retains stay home/work home provision, but provides exceptions for essential businesses and activities, retail-to-go, and additional re-opened businesses.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-20 (April 27, 2020): Removes most travel restrictions for those coming into Texas.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-19 (April 27, 2020): Allows most health care procedures, with certain restrictions.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-18 (April 27, 2020): Retains stay home/work home provision, but provides exceptions for essential businesses and activities, retail-to-go, and re-opened businesses.

  • The Governor’s Report to Open Texas (April 27, 2020)

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-17 (April 17, 2020):  Creates a statewide Strike Force to Open Texas, which “will work towards a medical architecture to test and trace, while gradually and safely returning to work and other activities.”

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-16 (April 17, 2020):  Establishes a temporary "Retail-To-Go" model that will allow retail outlets in Texas to reopen beginning Friday, April 24. Under this model, reopened establishments are required to deliver items to customer’s cars, homes, or other locations to minimize contact. Under this Executive Order, schools — including public, private, and higher education institutions — will remain closed for the 2019-2020 school year.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-15 (April 17, 2020):  relates to hospital capacity and personal protective equipment (PPE) needed for the COVID-19 response.

  • Governor’s Proclamation (April 12, 2020):  The governor’s extension of the statewide disaster regarding the Coronavirus.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-14 (March 31, 2020):  The governor’s original stay home/work home order.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-08 (March 19, 2020):  Declares a statewide disaster regarding the Coronavirus.

  • State Health Commissioner Public Health Disaster Declaration

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COVID-19/Coronavirus News Articles (RSS)

  1. Oxygen already runs low as COVID-19 surges in South Africa

    The coronavirus storm has arrived in South Africa, but in the overflowing COVID-19 wards the sound is less of a roar than a rasp. Oxygen is already low in hospitals at the new epicenter of the country’s outbreak, Gauteng province, home to the power...

  2. Virus jump swells California lines for tests; shortages loom

    ...testing access will continue to be insufficient to meet the demands," Ghaly said. While Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti once urged everyone — regardless of whether they had symptoms — to get a test, Ghaly...

  3. Arizona governor caps restaurant capacity as virus spreads

    ...already limiting their own capacity to allow for social distancing. Under pressure from Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and others, the federal government will offer up to 5,000 tests per day at two sites...

  4. Illinois logs 1,000-plus virus cases; first time in weeks

    ...worst, a wrong that must be righted with meaningful transformation and change," the report said. Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez said the report was short on specifics. "A lot of people understand the disparities...

  5. NYC to reopen zoos and aquarium, cancels street gatherings

    ...since the spring, though thousands have taken to city streets to protest against police brutality. Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday that the city’s ban will exempt “demonstrations, religious events and...

  6. Alabama mayor diagnosed with COVID-19 dies as cases surge

    A longtime Alabama mayor diagnosed with the disease caused by the new coronavirus has died, city officials said Thursday as the illness continued surging in the state. The Clanton Fire Department announced on its Facebook page that Mayor Billy Joe...

  7. Georgia sees dramatic rise in COVID-19 patients in hospitals

    ...hospitalizations of its confirmed COVID-19 patients have more than tripled in the past 14 days. Atlanta’s mayor on Wednesday signed an executive order mandating masks, defying Gov. Brian Kemp’s decision not to...

  8. States with serious coronavirus problems need to consider shutting down again, Fauci says

    ...Jon Bel Edwards said Wednesday. With hospitalizations rising and the virus spreading, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced Wednesday that bars and restaurants will be limited to 25 patrons inside...

  9. Coronavirus updates: Houston cancels Texas GOP convention; Atlanta mandates masks; California, Texas report highest daily death tolls

    ...deaths – and a near-record 58,601 new cases – indicating the U.S. outbreak is far from over. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner canceled the Texas Republican Party's in-person convention, a week before thousands...

  10. Virus Updates: Florida Reports Nearly 10K New Cases; Atlanta Mayor Issues Mask Requirement

    Atlanta's mayor has signed an executive order mandating masks in Georgia's largest city, defying Gov. Brian Kemp's decision to strongly encourage but not require face coverings. ... The order also prohibits gatherings of more than 10 persons on city...

  11. Honolulu City Council urges delaying pre-travel test plan

    HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu City Council on Wednesday urged Hawaii's governor to consider delaying a plan to allow travelers to use a negative COVID-19 test to bypass quarantine until the number of new...

  12. New Orleans adds restrictions as state COVID-19 cases spike

    ...or two regions,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said at his weekly coronavirus briefing. While New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued new regulations, the governor didn't make any statewide move to restrict bars,...

  13. US sets single-day record for new coronavirus cases with over 60,000

    ...“We need medical professionals, we need testing kits, we need supplies immediately,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “Our hospitals are already in dire straits and they tell us in the next two weeks it...

  14. The Latest: Oglala Sioux Tribe locks down SD reservation

    The Oglala Sioux Tribe has locked down its South Dakota reservation for three days to stop the potential spread of the coronavirus. Tribal President Julian Bear Runner ordered the 72-hour lockdown prohibiting nonessential travel to or from the...

  15. Coronavirus updates: US nears 3M cases; Florida hospital ICUs reaching capacity; movie theater chains sue to reopen in New Jersey

    ...railing against mask mandates as an assault on liberty, triggered by a mask mandate issued by Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins. In the video, McCormick shreds a surgical mask with a chainsaw, saying the "Constitution...

  16. A Phoenix hotel houses homeless coronavirus patients. Here’s what it’s like inside

    ...Circle the City has 136 rooms at the Phoenix Inn available for the program, which was approved by the City Council on May 6. Lindstrom is one of more than 100 homeless people with Covid-19 who have benefited...

  17. Border community straddling Australia’s two most populous states cleaved in two by coronavirus lockdown

    ...border — 50 minutes to get through the checkpoint at 6 a.m. to go to work in Albury, said Wodonga Mayor Anna Speedie, who called the situation “unacceptable.” “Unfortunately today did start off as we expected...

  18. Miami-Dade mayor reverses course, will allow open gyms, outdoor dining

    ...of COVID-19, Miami-Dade county has closed beaches from July 3 Expand MIAMI - Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez reversed course Tuesday, saying gyms and fitness centers can remain open, and outdoor...

  19. Cases of coronavirus in Idaho spike after businesses reopen

    ...COVID-19 hotspot. Emily Wahl, center, and more than 100 other people gather at City Hall to protest Mayor Lauren McLean's order mandating people to wear face coverings in Boise, Idaho, Friday, July 3, 2020....

  20. Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for Covid-19 after months of dismissing the seriousness of the virus

    ...introducing stringent lockdown measures in an attempt to curb cases. Local targets of his ire included the mayor of Manaus Virgílio Neto, to whom Bolsonaro referred as a "piece of shit" for digging mass graves in...

  21. Nashville official wants nearby counties to order masks worn

    ...addressed regionally. “There has been an increase in cases among all our neighboring counties," Mayor John Cooper said in a Tuesday news conference. Cooper singled out Rutherford, which has more cases...

  22. US has 4% of the world’s population, but more than 25% of global coronavirus cases

    ...other Sunbelt states. In Florida's Miami-Dade County, which has a population of 2.7 million, Miami Mayor Carlos Gimenez issued an emergency order closing restaurants and certain other indoor places — including...

  23. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Tests Positive For COVID-19

    Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in a tweet on Monday that she tested positive for coronavirus, despite being asymptomatic. “COVID-19 has literally hit home. I have had NO symptoms and have tested...

  24. Coronavirus slams Poland's already-troubled coal industry

    ...tons are being imported from outside Poland, and it was supposed to be completely different,” Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski said at a campaign rally in Silesia. He faces conservative President Andrzej Duda...

  25. Contact tracing is no longer possible across the US South due to rapid coronavirus surges, health expert says

    “The cases are rising so rapidly, that we cannot even do contact tracing anymore. I don’t see how it’s possible to even do that,” Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of tropical medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper Monday.

  26. Phoenix Mayor Says The City Is In A 'Crisis Situation,' Needs Help

    The state's governor in May lifted a stay-at-home order he put in place in March so the economy could begin reopening. But a week ago, Ducey ordered bars, gyms, movie theaters and water parks to shut down again for 30 days as daily caseloads topped...

  27. More hospitalized in Georgia as Kemp pushes voluntary moves

    ...on Monday, as the number of confirmed cases statewide approached 100,000 people, including Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. Officials have said many more people who are infected aren't being tested. ...

  28. Little to celebrate in Pamplona with no running of the bulls

    ...of police officers were deployed to prevent impromptu parties at bars or on streets. The city's mayor, Enrique Maya, said at a press conference that 2020 is "a parenthesis in which we are going to accumulate...

  29. Arizona officials say number of COVID-19 cases tops 100,000

    ...a new high according to state data. Hospital capacity statewide is currently around 89%. Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said in an interview on ABC News on Sunday that the surging cases is causing a “crisis”...

  30. The Latest: India overtakes Russia, now 3rd in virus cases

    India has overtaken Russia to become the third worst-affected nation by the coronavirus after reporting 24,248 new cases Monday. India has now confirmed 697,413 cases, including 19,693 deaths. Russia has 680,283 cases. The U.S. ... nearly 2.9...

  31. Mexico's COVID Deaths Pass 30,000, World's 5th Highest Total

    ...reopening plan required the active participation of the government, the public and store owners, and Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said it would now be rethought. Reopening plans in other parts of the city were...

  32. Florida topped 200,000 coronavirus cases as nation marked a different July 4th

    ...which was recorded in mid-April. "It's clear that the growth is exponential at this point," Miami Mayor Francis Suarez told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. "We've been breaking record after record after record...

  33. Spain locks down county of 71K fearing coronavirus outbreak

    ...infections and there were worries about intensified contagion during the July 4 weekend. Sonoyta Mayor José Ramos Arzate issued a statement Saturday "inviting U.S. tourists not to visit Mexico." Local...

  34. Arizona COVID cases up 3.7%; Phoenix mayor faults US on tests

    ...reported 3,536 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, a 3.7% rise, along with four new deaths, as the Phoenix mayor complained that federal officials were declining to help with more testing. Cases have been rising...

  35. Mexican border states raise new concern about Americans bringing coronavirus south

    ...including people who are already sick and who knows how many asymptomatic people," Maki Ortiz, the mayor of the Mexican city Reynosa, told The Washington Post in May. U.S. border states have a significantly...

  36. Virus spike in Spain reveals plight of seasonal farm workers

    ...applicants than expected. Hail has also destroyed crops in some counties, creating what Lleida Deputy Mayor Sandra Castro calls the “perfect storm” for a “social crisis on top of the ongoing health crisis.”...

  37. The Latest: 3,000 Australians in 'hard lockdown' in Victoria

    Australia’s Victoria state recorded 108 new coronavirus cases Saturday, forcing authorities to lock down nine public housing towers and three more Melbourne suburbs. ... 3,000 people in the housing towers would go into "hard lockdown,” meaning “there...

  38. 'Free Again': New Yorkers head back to their beaches

    ...bit jittery about the city's gradual reopening. An hour after the ban on swimming was lifted, the mayor announced that indoor dining at restaurants would not resume Monday as anticipated, citing the virus's...

  39. Order mandating face coverings in Las Cruces businesses goes into effect on Fourth of July

    ...2020 AA Las Cruces City Hall (Courtesy: City of Las Cruces) LAS CRUCES, NM (CBS4) — Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagashima has issued an emergency proclamation mandating face coverings within businesses in...

  40. Mexico reverses some openings as virus cases continue high

    ...stores didn’t reduce the number of clients allowed in, provide foot-wiping pads or sanitizer gel. Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said the re-closing of the Centro area “is not a punishment, it is simply a pause...

  41. Kansas sees worst 2-week COVID-19 spike since pandemic began

    ...Kansas’ largest city, met to consider a mask requirement. It voted 4-3 to impose a mandate. Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple pushed for rule for the city a day after its home county rejected a mandate. The Sedgwick...

  42. California’s July 4 coronavirus warning: ‘Assume everyone around you is infectious’

    ..."Only leave for essential activities like going to work or going to the market," said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. "And you should assume everyone around you is infectious." The rate at which coronavirus...

  43. Appeals court reinstates Racine's coronavirus ordinance

    ...reported that the appeals court could still ultimately rule against the city. “It will be enforced,” Mayor Cory Mason vowed after the decision came down. “The appeals court has put a stay in place, putting...

  44. Officials: Don't let guard down against COVID over holiday

    ...down now would fly in the face of the progress we’ve made over many months,” Pritzker said. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot late Thursday said that starting Monday, people traveling to Chicago from 15 states...

  45. The Latest: Hot-spot Arizona reaches ICU capacity of 91%

    State health officials say the capacity of hospital intensive care units is at an all-time high of 91%. The number of people hospitalized Thursday due to a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 was 3,013, according to the Arizona Department of...

  46. Chicago will rely largely on signs announcing self-quarantine for people from states seeing COVID-19 surge

    Chicago health officials said Friday they have no plan for enforcing the city’s abrupt quarantine order for people arriving from states where coronavirus cases are surging, but will rely largely on signs posted along highways and at the two airports.

  47. Virus concerns grow " as do crowds flocking to Jersey Shore

    ...mandated measures to help slow the spread of the virus. 'I am really concerned,' said Paul Kanitra, mayor of Point Pleasant Beach, a popular shore town that was unexpectedly overrun by thousands of tourists...

  48. These are the states requiring people to wear masks when out in public

    ...masks due to the risk of suffocation. District of Columbia As of May 16: District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered the use of masks or face coverings when conducting essential business or travel...

  49. Oregon thought it had controlled COVID-19, then came surge

    Up until then, Lincoln County, where Newport is located, had had fewer than 10 cases — overnight the number increased by 124. The rise escalated Lincoln County to the top of the list for highest cases per capita in the state at the time. News of the...

  50. Knox County joins Nashville, Memphis in mask mandate

    ...required to enter city buildings when they reopen on Monday, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported. Mayor Andy Berke lacks authority to mandate masks be worn in other public areas of the city because Gov....

  51. The Latest: Cyprus says no quarantine for UK visitors

    Cyprus’ beleaguered tourism sector got some good news after the government announced that U.K. travelers will be allowed entry into the east Mediterranean island nation next month without a compulsory 14-day quarantine.

  52. The Latest: Thailand worries about weekend holiday trips

    Thai authorities are urging vigilance as the country celebrates its first long holiday weekend after lifting most COVID-19 restrictions. The break will see Thais returning en masse to their rural family homes from the cities where many work.

  53. The Latest: Serbian capital declares emergency as cases jump

    ...cancelling the convention, saying now was not the time to pack thousands of people indoors. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, a Democrat, has left the decisions about the convention up to the GOP. Abbott has...

  54. The Latest: S. Africa adds 8,700 cases, sick beds filling up

    South Africa on Friday confirmed another record high number of daily virus cases with 8,728 as anxiety grows in Johannesburg, the country’s latest hot spot. The city has more than 22,000 cases and Gauteng province, which also includes the capital,...

  55. Officials announce 14-day quarantine for travelers coming into Chicago airports from COVID-19 hotspots

    ...necessary in order to ensure the continued health and safety of Chicago’s residents and businesses,” said Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot. “Our success in staying ahead of this pandemic underscores our commitment to following...

  56. Alabama students holding parties, betting on who can catch COVID-19 first, officials say

    ...got COVID first would get the cash. Tuscaloosa Fire Chief Randy Smith confirmed the incidents to the City Council on Tuesday. Smith didn't say whether actions would be taken against the students. He also...

  57. Boise mayor to issue order making face coverings mandatory

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The mayor of Idaho’s largest city said Thursday that she will sign a public health emergency order requiring face coverings in all indoor and outdoor public places. Boise Mayor Lauren...

  58. Gov: New color-coded alert system can help Ohio fight virus

    ...one-day tally Thursday reached 1,301, higher than all but two days since the virus was discovered. Mayor Andrew Ginther announced that Columbus will join Dayton in mandating mask wearing in public, beginning...

  59. Pandemic tanked Russian economy, plunged families into crisis

    ...moments, she wept. In moments of hope, she wrote to President Vladimir Putin and the office of Moscow's mayor asking for help getting an apartment. But no help came in time. "We feel absolutely abandoned. It's...

  60. Montana gov. stops short of issuing mask order as cases rise

    Gov. Steve Bullock on Thursday said he wouldn't issue an order requiring people to wear masks in public, leaving county and tribal officials and businesses to consider their own measures as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases rises.

  61. Mexico City deaths spiked to three times normal during covid outbreak, official says

    ...But after the national and foreign media began to question the coronavirus fatalities, Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum spearheaded an effort to determine excess mortality for the capital. The committee,...

  62. California rejected Chinese company's push to help with coronavirus testing. Was that the right move?

    ...private partnership," said an April 5 proposal that BGI's U.S. subsidiary sent state officials, the mayor of San Jose and task force members, including Kocher. "By working with the state's existing CLIA testing...

  63. Britain emerges from coronavirus lockdown

    ...enormous downtown mosh pit for two days, refusing to disperse and battling with anti-riot squads. The mayor called it "heartbreaking." Meanwhile, in London, authorities have been scrambling to break up illegal...

  64. Locking Down & Masking Up: Combattng The COVID-19 Surge

    ...areas that are going to obviously be fertile ground for the spread of the virus,” says Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis. A renewed push for the use of face masks is also underway. Georgia Governor Brian...

  65. Closing bars to stop coronavirus spread is backed by science

    ...and indoor restaurant dining to close again for the next three weeks in most of the state. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio delayed the city's resumption of indoor dining. Two other factors at play in bars...

  66. Illinois, Chicago officials watching COVID-19 metrics but say they have no plans to tighten restrictions

    ...advise reinstituting previous mitigations he will not hesitate to do so," Abudayyeh said. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the city tracks its data closely and will "not hesitate" to take action if they...

  67. Louisiana has largest daily spike in virus cases since April

    ...ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has recorded its largest daily coronavirus case spike since April, and the mayor of Baton Rouge announced Wednesday that she is requiring people to wear masks inside businesses in...

  68. Juarez shuts down COVID-19 checkpoints at border crossings

    ...particularly Juarez — forced authorities to redeploy the officers. “They were being underutilized,” Juarez Mayor Armando Cabada said on Wednesday. “Most of the personnel have been reassigned to public safety duties....

  69. California governor rolls back more openings due to virus

    ...Bay heartily welcomes visitors — tourism is part of our identity and an important economic driver,” Mayor Adam Eisen said in a statement. ”But coming here this weekend would be reckless and unsafe for the...

  70. Cities require face coverings as virus cases surge in Idaho

    ...violators in Hailey would be subject to a $100 fine. Gary Riedner, Moscow city supervisor, said Mayor Bill Lambert issued the order after consulting with health officials because wearing face coverings...

  71. As virus cases rise, St. Louis area requires face coverings

    ...too, prompting leaders of the state's largest metropolitan area to require face coverings. St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson announced Wednesday that both the city and St. Louis County will require face coverings...

  72. UPDATES: Tucson area coronavirus developments, July 1: Here's what we know

    ...is closing for good. • The University of Arizona steps up its recruitment of in-state students. • City Council plan distributes $95 million in federal coronavirus funding across Tucson. • Tucson's public...

  73. Despite COVID surge, Mexico avoids overwhelmed hospitals

    ...contributing factor is the reluctance of many people to go to the hospital, something Mexico City's mayor sought to counter by announcing expanded testing and a door-to-door informational campaign in June....

  74. Myrtle Beach reopened to survive the summer. Now, it's a coronavirus 'petri dish.'

    ...against public health. "For Myrtle Beach, it was a survival decision," said Brenda Bethune, the city's mayor. "We all expected once we opened up, and people started coming from other areas, that we would see...

  75. Leavenworth hospital closing because of coronavirus costs

    ...will be eligible to apply for other positions within the Saint Luke’s Health System. Leavenworth Mayor Mike Griswold said Tuesday that he was “angry and extremely disappointed about the decision to close...

  76. Tuscaloosa joins Alabama cities requiring face masks

    ...Alabama cities requiring face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. City council members unanimously approved a mask requirement during a meeting Tuesday, news outlets reported....

  77. California governor hints he will tighten virus restrictions

    Gov. Gavin Newsom is hinting that he will tighten coronavirus restrictions for California’s nearly 40 million residents as a COVID-19 surge has counties rushing to close down bars and beaches ahead of the Fourth of July weekend.

  78. Toronto makes masks mandatory, citing US problems

    ...a repeat of what you see when you turn on your TV and see reports from the United States," Toronto Mayor John Tory said. Toronto city council approved a bylaw and it will come into effect July 7. Dr. Eileen...

  79. NY, NJ, CT restrict access to travelers from 16 states due to fear of coronavirus spread

    ...advisory have seen a significant spread of COVID-19 in recent weeks. NYC Phase 3 could be delayed The mayor and the governor are concerned about the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases around the country. The...

  80. LA closing beaches, banning fireworks displays, limiting gatherings during Fourth of July weekend

    ...tools we have to protect each other, our families and those most vulnerable in our communities.” L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday that gatherings with people other than those you live with remain prohibited...

  81. The Nation’s Mayors Commit to Advancing Healthy Buildings in the Fight Against COVID-19

    ...assisted living facilities, affordable housing, healthcare facilities, hospitals, and our schools,” said Mayor Steve Benjamin of Columbia, South Carolina, who introduced the resolution alongside fellow mayors...

  82. Savannah mayor to require masks in businesses or face fines

    SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The mayor of Savannah said Tuesday he’s ordering people to wear masks inside retail shops, grocery stores and other public places — and those who refuse could face $500 fines. “Frankly...

  83. 100 teens from DC-area test positive for COVID-19 after Myrtle Beach trip, officials say

    ...being at parties with over 100 people in the house," he said. Goodfriend reached out to Myrtle Beach City Manager John Pederson over the weekend and expressed his concerns. "If we were aware this was happening...

  84. University of Missouri to require masks in classes this fall

    ...the university in requiring faces masks when classes resume, with some exceptions. And the Columbia City Council is considering an ordinance requiring that most residents use masks outdoors, The Columbia...

  85. States Reverse Openings, Require Masks Amid Virus Resurgence

    ...large gathering in Charlotte without social-distancing measures. Less than a week after Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said there would be no mask requirement, city officials announced on Monday that coverings...

  86. What you need to know about COVID-19: As restrictions return, experts say spread is hard to control

    ...are reporting a decline in new cases: New Jersey and Rhode Island. Next two weeks are critical, LA mayor says In Los Angeles, the county health director said officials did "not expect to see this steep...

  87. Los Angeles to close beaches as virus surges in California

    ...displays will be banned, to discourage large gatherings. “COVID-19 is taking control," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “And we need to take control back.” California has greatly ramped up virus testing,...

  88. The Latest: SKorea sees COVID-19 cases spread beyond capital

    South Korea has reported 43 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 from across the country as infections begin to spread beyond the greater capital area, which has been at the center of a virus resurgence since late May.

  89. New Zealand cancels 2021 APEC summit, will lead it virtually

    ...except returning citizens and residents, who are required to spend two weeks in quarantine. Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said he understood the reasoning behind the cancellation. “I am disappointed that Auckland...

  90. Tennessee again extends COVID-19 state of emergency

    ...Currently, only Nashville and Memphis require people to wear face masks in many public settings. Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon signed an order Monday mandating that masks be worn in city-owned buildings. “Wearing...

  91. Fargo mayor says holiday will test efforts to curb COVID-19

    Fargo mayor says holiday will test efforts to curb COVID-19 Published 3:52 pm CDT, Monday, June 29, 2020 FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The mayor of Fargo said Monday that while North Dakota's most populous city...

  92. The Latest: Greece eases more coronavirus restrictions

    ...administrative complaints for allowing a street parade and dance amid a strict coronavirus lockdown. Mayor Edgar Labella of Cebu city said officials of Basak village have been ordered to explain why the religious...

  93. 7 states hit record high for new cases of COVID-19

    ...cases in Tennessee. "Face coverings help slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives," said Nashville Mayor John Cooper. "The health of our community requires every Nashvillian to do their part. While our testing...

  94. The Latest: Virus cases continue to surge in Czech Republic

    The number of new coronavirus cases in the Czech Republic continues to surge. The day-to-day increase reached 305 on Sunday, the highest number since April 3. The Czech Republic had a total of 11,604 confirmed cases of the virus through Sunday,...

  95. The Latest: India reports nearly 20,000 new virus cases

    India on Monday reported nearly 20,000 new coronavirus infections, a new record for the country, as several states reimpose partial or full lockdowns to stem the spread of the virus. India has seen a jump of nearly 100,000 cases over the past week,...

  96. More Florida beaches to close amid virus surge

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said at a news conference Sunday in Pensacola that interactions among young people are driving the surge. Meanwhile in Broward County, home to Fort Lauderdale, authorities said they would be closing beaches during the busy...

  97. Worldwide coronavirus death toll exceeds 500,000 amid fears worst to come

    The world surpassed two sobering coronavirus milestones Sunday -- 500,000 confirmed deaths, 10 million confirmed cases -- and hit another high mark for daily new infections as governments that attempted reopenings continued to backtrack and warn that...

  98. Georgia reports its highest daily total of COVID-19 cases

    Georgia reported more than 2,200 additional COVID-19 cases Sunday, a new high of daily reported cases as confirmed infections continue to rise. The number of reported cases on Sunday eclipsed the previous highest daily total of 1,990 reported on...

  99. More cities consider or implement face mask requirements

    ...will discuss the idea. Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson wrote on social media that he is asking the Mobile City Council to approve an order requiring face coverings in public places. “This step was necessitated...

  100. Several areas in Florida establishing $500 fines for mask rule violations

    ...of up to $500 for repeat offenders. Miami began requiring masks in public at 5 p.m. Thursday, and Mayor Francis Suarez says Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis should do the same for the whole state. "I would recommend...

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